Grip strength refers to the ability of the fingers and hand to generate muscle power and force. In athletes, grip strength is an important component of participating in many sports, including rock climbing, judo, weight lifting, baseball, martial arts and racquets sports (Mathiowetz, et. al. 1985). Kinesio tape, invented by Kenzo Kase in 1996, is a thin and elastic tape which can be stretched up to 120-140% of its original length, making it quite elastic and resulting in less mechanism constraints, compared with conventional tape. Different beneficial effects could be achieved, including (i) Increasing proprioception by providing constant cutaneous afferent stimulation through the skin (Lien, et.al. 2004), (ii) realigning fascial tissue function by normalizing muscle tension, (Kase, et.al. 2003), (iii) creating more space for improving circulation of blood and lymph flow by eliminating extra fluid, edema, or bleeding beneath the skin (Paoloni, et.al. 2013), (iv) correcting muscle function by strengthening muscle weakness (Paoloni, et.al. 2013), (v) decreasing pain through neurological suppression (Lien, et.al. 2004). The gold standard in assessing for grip strength is the use of a handheld dynamometer. This is a form of what is referred to by Dal Monte and Dragan as a biomechanical measurement. "Biomechanical measurements allow sports coaches to appreciate the bioenergetics and efficiency of sports movements; training can then aim to achieve a maximal energetic output with minimal expenditure ofenergy, avoiding at the same time possible fatigue and stress lesions in the locomotory system. This study aims to determine the effects of taping technique in improving power grip strength among raquet sports athlete. The objective of the researchers is to determine if the hand grip strength improvement will have a significant effect when a taping technique is applied on the wrist extensors. This study utilized an experimental type of research that aimed to determine the effects of taping techniwue in improving hand grip strength among racquet sports athlete. This research design allows how to participants are located to the different experiment.
Twenty (20) subjects enrolled in UPHSL of S.Y. 2018-2019 and members of Badminton varsity team had been selected to participate in this study. The researchers used purposive sampling in choosing subjects qualified for the inclusion criteria. The study was conducted at the Hi-Power Badminton Court, Brgy. Canlalay, Binan City, Laguna. The subjects did not undergo any training during implementation. A pre-test measurement was done as baseline measurement followed by application of the taping technique on the side of involved extremity. After 72 hours, prior to the application of taping technique another measurement is done before the technique is removed. This test was performed at the 0.05 level of significance. Based on the findings of the researchers, the measurements between the pretest and the post-test yielded a t-stat of 3.39 which is greater than t Critical (2.09) at 0.05 level of significance, indicating that there was a significant difference between the pre-test and post-test measurements. Therefore, based on the result of the study, it demonstrated that taping that taping the extensor region of the forearm using kinesio tape was effective in increasing the grip strength of the badminton varsity players.