The effect of kinesio tape application on hamstring and gastrocnemius muscles in healthy young adults

Dedi Lumbroso, Elad Ziv, Elisha Vered, Leonid Kalichman

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Background: Scarce evidence exists about effectiveness and mechanisms of action of Kinesio tape (KT) application. Objectives: To evaluate the effect of KT application over the gastrocnemius or hamstring on range of motion and peak force. Methods: Thirty-six physical therapy students participated (18 per group). KT was applied with 30% tension for 48 h to: Group 1 - the gastrocnemius; Group 2 - the hamstrings. The straight leg raise (SLR), knee extension angle (KEA), weight bearing ankle dorsiflexion, gastrocnemius, quadriceps and hamstrings peak forces were evaluated prior to application, 15 min and 48 h after. Results and conclusions: A significant increase of peak force in the gastrocnemius group appeared immediately and two days later; no immediate change of peak force in the hamstrings group, however, two days later, peak force significantly increased. SLR and ankle dorsiflexion increased immediately in the gastrocnemius group; KEA improved significantly only after two days. It is possible that certain muscles react differently when KT is applied, and the effect may be subsequently detected.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)130-138
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Kinesio tape
  • Muscle strength
  • Physiotherapy techniques
  • Range of motion

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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