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American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2013, 1(3), 33-36
DOI: 10.12691/ajssm-1-3-1
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Effects of Elastic Wrist Taping on Maximum Grip Strength

Kenji Takahashi1, , Shin-ichi Demura2, Takanori Noguchi3, Gou Demura4 and Xu Ning5

1Teikyo Heisei University

2Graduate School of Natural Science & Technology, Kanazawa University

3Fukui University of Technology

4Tagami Orthopedic Clinic

5Graduate School of Kanazawa University

Pub. Date: August 10, 2013

Cite this paper:
Kenji Takahashi, Shin-ichi Demura, Takanori Noguchi, Gou Demura and Xu Ning. Effects of Elastic Wrist Taping on Maximum Grip Strength. American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2013; 1(3):33-36. doi: 10.12691/ajssm-1-3-1

Abstract

In this study, we examined the effects of elastic wrist taping with different pressure levels on the maximum grip strength. The subjects were 20 healthy male university students. The tape was wrapped three times around the wrist at the radial and ulnar styloid process. Taping pressure was measured using a pressure measuring system for stockings and bandages. A pressure sensor was placed over the palmaris longus muscle tendon, 1.5 cm proximal to the palmar crease of the subject’s wrist on the dominant upper limb. The following experimental conditions were assessed: control condition (CC), without attachments; sensor condition (SC), with an attached sensor and a cover tape with minimum pressure application (1–5 hPa); and four pressure conditions (PCs), with pressure applications of 30, 60, 90, and 120 hPa using elastic tapes. Grip strength was significantly greater for CC than for PCs. However, the overall decrease in grip strength was still relatively small. No differences were observed in the grip strengths among the four PC groups. Our results showed that grip strength exertion decreased on the application of higher pressures of elastic tape wrapping and that the degree of decrease was similar for all PCs above 30 hPa.

Keywords:
taping pressure pressure-measuring system palmaris longus muscle tendon elastic taping

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