Date of Award
Master of Science
Human Performance and Health Education
Dr. Michael Miller
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This research tested the effectiveness of a relatively new therapeutic product called Kinesio tape. One of Kinesio tape's therapeutic claims is increased blood flow to the taped area and thus expediting the body's healing process (Fu et aI., 2007). The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of Kinesio tape versus athletic tape on blood flow in the upper arm during rest and immediately following submaximal exercise. Certified athletic trainers (ATC) often use regular athletic tape to limit the range of motion and stabilize a joint as opposed to providing therapeutic benefits such as increasing blood flow.
Research on this topic is very limited, which made it imperative to conduct this study and provide scientific evidence to allied health professionals. Kinesio tape has thus far gained popularity through mainstream events such as the Olympics and college basketball and not on empirical evidence. An example of Kinesio tape's growing popularity on an experimental basis is its use as a therapeutic treatment in lymphedema patients following breast cancer (Williams, 2006). The research I conducted will help provide scientific evidence in the support or nullification of Kinesio tape's uses, specifically for increasing blood flow.
Klawon, "A Preliminary Investigation into the Effect of Kinesio and Athletic Tape on Skin Blood Flow Changes" (2010). Master's Theses. 319.