Effects of kinesiology taping on shoulder girdle muscle activity and sports performance during badminton forehand overhead strokes in amateur badminton players with shoulder impingement syndrome

Shirley S. FONG, Leanne L. NG, Wai Wing Ada MA, Hsing-Kuo WANG, Young-Hyeon BAE, Timothy T. YAM, Wai Keung Kevin KAM, Wai Yee Joanne CHUNG

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Abstract

Background: This study aimed to examine the influence of kinesiology taping (KT), various overhead stroke techniques, and their interactions on shoulder girdle muscle activity and on sports performance in badminton players with shoulder impingement syndrome.
Methods: Twenty-five amateur badminton players with shoulder impingement syndrome participated in the study. Each was exposed to two KT conditions (no taping and taping) while performing four badminton strokes (defensive clear, attacking clear, smash, and drop shot) in a random order. Surface electromyography (EMG) was used to evaluate the activity of the pectoralis major, anterior deltoid, infraspinatus, and latissimus dorsi muscles. The EMG data are expressed as a percentage of the EMG amplitude recorded during a maximal voluntary isometric contraction of the respective muscles. The shuttlecock speed was also measured via video analysis.
Results: The pectoralis major, anterior deltoid, infraspinatus, and latissimus dorsi EMG amplitudes were greatest during smashes (p < 0.05), followed in general by attacking clearances (p < 0.05) and defensive clearances (p < 0.05). Drop shots induced the lowest EMG amplitudes in the shoulder girdle muscles (p < 0.05). No significant main effect of the KT condition or KT-badminton stroke interaction effects were found (p > 0.05).
Conclusions: The use of KT conferred no immediate benefits in improving shoulder girdle muscle activity or sports performance in amateur badminton players with shoulder impingement syndrome. Shoulder girdle muscle activity and sports performance were primarily influenced by the badminton overhead stroke techniques. Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Early online date31 Oct 2018
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Oct 2018

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Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Racquet Sports
Athletic Performance
Electromyography
Stroke
Muscles
Rotator Cuff
Superficial Back Muscles
Isometric Contraction

Bibliographical note

Fong, S. S., Ng, L. L., Ma, A. W., Wang, H.-K., Bae, Y.-H., Yam, T. T., . . . Chung, J. W. (2018). Effects of kinesiology taping on shoulder girdle muscle activity and sports performance during badminton forehand overhead strokes in amateur badminton players with shoulder impingement syndrome. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. Advance online publication. doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.18.09125-9

Keywords

  • Sports tape
  • Badminton shots
  • Electromyography
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Athletes