The impact of kinesiology tape application on the volume of interstitial space over the gastrocnemius within healthy mixed-gender participants using ultrasonography

Papadopoulos, Konstantinos ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4489-8540 and Guy, Alannah Jennifer (2020) The impact of kinesiology tape application on the volume of interstitial space over the gastrocnemius within healthy mixed-gender participants using ultrasonography. Trends in Medicine, 20 . ISSN 1594-2848 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.15761/TiM.1000224)

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyze the impact of kinesiology tape application on the volume of interstitial space over the gastrocnemius within healthy mixed gender participants using diagnostic ultrasound.

Materials/methods: A lab-based experiment was conducted involving thirty healthy participants 26.5 ± 8.5 who volunteered to take part in this study with no previous injuries. Participants were randomly allocated to either the kinesiology group, Zinc-oxide or no tape group. Kinesiology tape was applied through the “I Strip” technique. Each application comprised of a 10 cm piece of tape applied at the mid-point of the gastrocnemius, at a 50% stretch (7.5 cm each side). The interstitial space was recorded at this point using the Real Time Diagnostic Biosound Ultrasound machine. The tape was applied for twenty-four hours and the interstitial space was re-measured. Same methodology was repeated for those in the Zinc-oxide and the no tape group.

Results: A one-way repeated measures ANOVA test reported a significant difference in the volume of interstitial space between the no tape and KT group and the KT and Zinc oxide group for both initial and 24-hour readings (p=0.002, p≤0.000). Paired t-tests between the initial and after 24-hours readings revealed no significant differences showing that there was no further increase of the interstitial space after 24 hours.

Conclusions: The application of the kinesiology tape increases the interstitial space within healthy participants a twenty-four hour application. Further research should take place in relation to the different applied tensions of the tape and the impact this has upon the volume of interstitial space.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): diagnostic ultrasound, gastrocnemius, healthy participants, interstitial space, kinesiology tape
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Rehabilitation Exercise Science at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 29660
Notes on copyright: ©2020 Guy AJ. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Depositing User: Kostas Papadopoulos
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2020 08:43
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2020 08:43
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/29660

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