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Efficacy of Kinesio Taping vs. Rigid Taping on Hamstring Strain in Athletes


Neha Rani*, Sonam Verma, Karishma Das, Palas Pramanick and Mridujyoti Das

Introduction and background: One of the most frequent injuries among physically active people is a hamstring injury. It has been thoroughly researched how preventive ankle taping and bracing works. Kinesio® Tape (KT) is a relatively new sort of taping technique that is becoming more and more well-liked as a tool for both treatment and performance improvement. There is, however, a dearth of evidence on how KT affects functional performance.

Purpose: There is no gold standard for conservative treatment due to the significant occurrence of a hamstring strain in athletes. Clinicians are using Kinesio taping and athletic taping more frequently to treat hamstring strains. This study's goal is to investigate the effects of Kinesio and athletic taping on vertical jump and dynamic function in hamstring strain patients in a clinical context and to see if the findings from other studies can be confirmed by this one.

Methods: A total of 30 people were chosen based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria and their informed consent was gained after being told how simple and safe the treatment was. The subjects who agreed to participate were split into two groups, GROUP A and GROUP B and informed about the investigation and the proposed intervention before their written agreement was obtained. The vertical jump test and the star excursion balance test were used to measure each individual prior to the post-test, which was administered eight weeks after the pre-test. For six weeks, the members of Group A underwent Kinesio taping with exercises twice a week. The vertical leap test and the Star test were used to review the subjects' hamstring muscular extensibility after two weeks.

Results: The data from the vertical jump test were analysed using a three-way factorial ANOVA with repeated measures on the last factor for both the males and girls in both groups. Overall, it was found that participants with hamstring strains benefited significantly from Kinesio-taping treatment vs. rigid taping. However, a statistically significant effect of KT for vertical jump succession resulted from the main effect of KT being tempered by significant gender interaction. Male and female f (1, 40) for the group is 0.390 (P>0.05). Additionally, it is noted that the interaction between group and gender is not statistically different, with f (1, 40) equal to 0.578 (P=0.552).

Since the SEBT F (1, 38) is 3.369 (P>0.05) for SEBT, the study demonstrates an improvement in SEBT for both groups.

Discussion: This study sought to determine how KT affected healthy subjects' dynamic postural control and vertical leaps. Only female participants and the posterior-medial and medial orientations of the SEBT test were subject to the significant effect. Additionally, rather than comparing the pre- and immediate post-time periods, the pre- and 24-hour post-time periods revealed the effects of the improvement in SEBT scores for the two orientations.

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