Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)


Physical Therapy

Advisor 1

Jill Slaboda, Coordinator

Advisor 2

Merrill Landers

Number of Pages



Study Type: A Randomized Clinical Trial


Kinesio tape is an elastic tape used in various settings and it is purported to assist in strengthening weakened muscles. The mechanism behind this claim is neuromuscular facilitation. The purpose of this study was to determine if the claims of Kinesio tape would be supported in its role in strength enhancing properties.


Twenty-nine healthy, untrained male and female college-aged individuals participated in this study. Two baseline measurements assessing shoulder external rotation (ER) strength were collected using isokinetic dynamometry. Subjects were then randomized into two groups, Kinesio tape with ER strengthening (KT-Ex) and ER strengthening only (Ex). Both groups followed a training program for 3 weeks with measurements obtained at the end of each week.


Shoulder external rotator concentric and eccentric peak torque values were assessed using factorial ANOVAs. No significant interaction was found for concentric strength changes over time, (p=0.862). Likewise, no significant interaction was found for eccentric strength over time, (p=0.183).


The training program used in this study was insufficient to drive strength changes in shoulder external rotation strength in either group. The effect that Kinesio tape, in conjunction with a training program, could not be determined from this study. Future studies should employ a design with more power.


Exercise; Exercise — Equipment and supplies; Exercise therapy; Muscle strength; Shoulder exercises; Sports physical therapy


Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Equipment and Supplies | Kinesiotherapy | Physical Therapy | Physiotherapy | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Sports Sciences