Effects of Kinesio taping in patients with quadriceps inhibition: A randomized, single-blinded study

Min Kim, Brandon Davis, Jay Hertel, Joseph Hart

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Objective To determine effects of Kinesio taping (KT) on quadriceps activation and maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC) in patients with quadriceps inhibition. Design Randomized, single-blinded. Setting Laboratory. Patients Sixteen participants (9 males, 7 females) with quadriceps inhibition, as determined by 90% or lower in central activation ratio (CAR), participated. Main outcome measures Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex) of the vastus medialis and quadriceps CAR and MVIC were measured before taping, and participants were randomly allocated to either KT (KT application with tension) or sham (non-elastic tape application without tension) group. H-reflexes were assessed immediately and 20 min after tape was applied over the rectus femoris. All outcomes were measured again after tape was removed when participants returned the laboratory 24–48 h after taping. Results Two-way repeated ANOVA found no group-by-time interaction for: H-reflex (F3,42 = 1.94, P = 0.14), CAR (F1,14 = 0.03, P = 0.86), or MVIC (F1,14 = 0.007, P = 0.93). None of the outcome measures differed between groups or over time (P > 0.05). Conclusions KT applied to the rectus femoris did not change H-reflex of the vastus medialis and quadriceps CAR and MVIC in patients with quadriceps inhibition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-73
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Therapy in Sport
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017



  • Arthrogenic muscle inhibition
  • Central activation ratio
  • Hoffmann reflex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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