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Vol. 45. Issue 166.
Pages 61-67 (April - June 2010)
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Vol. 45. Issue 166.
Pages 61-67 (April - June 2010)
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Neuromuscular taping: Do all the different tapes have similar mechanical properties?
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José Manuel Fernández Rodrígueza, Luis M. Alegre Duránb, Javier Abián Vicénc, Rafael Carcelén Cobod, Xavier Aguado Jódarb,
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xavier.aguado@uclm.es

Autor para correspondencia. Xavier.Aguado@uclm.es
a Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Escuela Universitaria de Enfermería y Fisioterapia, Toledo, España
b Facultad de Ciencias del Deporte, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, España
c Facultad de Ciencias del Deporte, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Toledo, España
d Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Escuela Universitaria de Ingeniería Técnica Industrial, Toledo, España
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Objective

The purpose of the present study was to assess the mechanical characteristics of different types of tape utilized in neuromuscular taping (Kinesio Taping) during stress-strain tests, and find out whether the different brands and colours available in the market show different mechanical characteristics. A secondary purpose was to provide information related to the tape strain during the taping preparation, to optimize the taping effect.

Methods

Thirty-centimeter pieces of tape [Cure Tape (black, blue, red and pink), Sports Tex (black, blue and red), Kinsiotape (blue and red) and Kinesiology Tape (blue and red)] were cut and fixed. Then, progressive loads until the point of rupture were applied to calculate the stress-strain relationship for each tape.

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Conclusions

The large variability found in the mechanical behaviour of the different tapes leads us to recommend the utilization of the same brand and colour for a given purpose. This will allow the physiotherapist to achieve an optimum tension level of the tape with a protocolized tape elongation.

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