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Effective Kinesiology Taping for Badminton Injury Management - A Review

Updated: May 20



This article reviews the three different studies on Kinesiology Taping and its effectiveness for the injury management and muscle support during the regular activities. Due to the highly repetitive and complex overhead movements during match-play or training, muscle pain or mild injuries like Lateral ankle sprains, Rotator cuff injuries, Patellar tendinopathy, Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), Achilles tendinopathy are common among badminton players. Even though the kinesiology taping is being popular and is widely used, there are certain doubts with the badminton stakes about the application and its effectiveness. This article helps us to understand the studies carried out by the sports therapy experts from different countries and periods. If kinesiology taping helps the prevention of injuries while providing stability support to the muscle groups, it will be a handy solution for the sport like badminton which has complex overhead movements.


Kinesiology Tapping for Badminton
Kinesiology Tapping for Badminton

Effect of Kinesiology Taping on Shoulder Pain and Mobility 


Due to the highly repetitive and complex overhead movements of the shoulder during match-play or training, shoulder pain is common among badminton players. A research team (Radin Rafeeuddin Radin Dzulfakar, Fariha Sofiya Mohd Shufaian, Raihana Sharir) of Faculty of Sports Science and Recreation, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia has conducted a study on the effect of kinesiology tape on shoulder pain and mobility of professional players. The study tried to ratify the contradicting opinions of effectiveness of kinesiology tape application for sports injuries even though it has become popular and is widely used. The study attempted to determine the effect of applying kinesiology tape on shoulder pain reduction and mobility improvement among state-level badminton players. Fifteen male badminton players who represented Majlis Sukan Negeri Kedah SUKMA 2021 participated in this study. The Y-strip technique was applied on each participant’s deltoid to manage the shoulder pain and mobility of the selected players. The study concluded that kinesiology tape has an effect on shoulder pain and mobility scores in state-level badminton players.


“Effect of Kinesiology Tape Application on Shoulder Pain and Mobility Among State-Level Badminton Players”, Radin Rafeeuddin Radin Dzulfakar, Fariha Sofiya Mohd Shufaian, Raihana Sharir, Faculty of Sports Science and Recreation, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia, Lecture Notes in Bioengineering ((LNBE))Springer. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-99-2162-1_4



Treatment of Chronic Achilles Tendon Pain by Kinesiology Taping in an Amateur Badminton Player


In the official journal of the association chartered physiotherapists in sports medicine, Physical Therapy in Sport, Jung-hoon Lee, Won-gyu Yoo of Department of Physical Therapy, Inje University Pusan Paik Hospital, Republic of Korea has reported their study on Treatment of Chronic Achilles Tendon Pain by Kinesiology Taping in an Amateur Badminton Player to evaluate the effects of Kinesiology taping.


A 22-year-old male amateur badminton player slipped on the ground as he landed after jumping while playing badminton, resulting in chronic Achilles tendon pain of the dominant (right) leg. They performed Achilles Tendon Taping (ATT) over 5 weeks. The patient's ultrasonography showed that the tendon thickness was moderately reduced from 0.42 cm to 0.37 cm and that the angles of active dorsiflexion and active plantar flexion without pain increased from 15° to 20° and from 20° to 45°, respectively. They verified the effect with an increase in the active ankle joint range of motion and the VISA-A questionnaire score, which was achieved by a decrease in tenderness and pain from repeated ATT application.


Treatment of Chronic Achilles Tendon Pain by Kinesiology Taping in an Amateur Badminton Player, Jung-hoon Lee, Won-gyu Yoo of Department of Physical Therapy, Inje University Pusan Paik Hospital, Republic of Korea,  Journal of Physical Therapy in Sports. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22498152/



Kinesiology Taping for Badminton by John Gibbons – for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Tennis Elbow


Kinesiology Taping for Badminton by John Gibbons has written in the International Badminton Magazine and it has been observed that Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Tennis Elbow.


Shoulder Impingement Syndrome is clinical syndrome which occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles become irritated and inflamed. Taping applications have been discussed Y Tape on the deltoid muscle and then taping on the pain region.


Tennis elbow is the inflammation of the tendons of the elbow caused by over use of the muscles of the fore arm. Author has suggested two step of application for Tennis Elbow, Y strip on the pain area and then I strip with 75% stretch across the Y strip. A detailed study is available here. John Gibbons stated that kinesiology taping helps to rehabilitee injuries, keep the play stronger for longer.



If kinesiology taping helps the prevention of injuries while providing stability support to the muscle groups, it will be a handy solution for the sport like badminton which has complex overhead movements.

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