Effectiveness of cross taping as a therapy for delayed muscle soreness
Alfrisany, Alla. 2016. Effectiveness of cross taping as a therapy for delayed muscle soreness. --In Proceedings: 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 14
Decrease muscle soreness by medical tape is supported by the literature. The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of the cross tapes in muscle soreness. Subjects: Twenty normal subjects ranging in age from 18 to 55 with no history of previous skin allergy and do not have any upper body injuries participated. Methods: Subjects will perform the lowering phase of a bicep curl exercise using a dumbbell consisting of 3 sets 25 repetition, followed 90 seconds rest between each set. A grid shaped adhesive, a little larger than a stamp, called a cross tapes will be applied in the bicep of the dominant hand and the other hand as control for one week. The range of motion and pain for both arms will be measured before and after applied the tape. Results: The study findings show that there was statically significant difference between the ROM and the pain (pre, post) when the procedure is carried out over a period of two consecutive weeks (1 day per week) with large effect size (0.2) and strong power (0.96). However; there were no significant differences between the two groups (right, left arms) with medium effect size (0.1) and weak power (0.33). Discussion & Conclusion: Therefore, this study suggest that CT may reduce DOMS, however more research is needed. Future studies should include a larger number of subjects, more diverse cohort, an exercise that applies a greater intensity, and expands the time of research. CT is an advisable method to decrease DOMS and improved functional performance.
Presented to the 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 29, 2016.
Research completed at Department of Human Performance Studies, College of Education