Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

John R. Storsved


Introduction: Since Kinesio tape (KT tape) was invented in the mid-1970s, studies have been lacking in producing strong evidence to support the claims of its ability to enhance performance. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of KT tape at enhancing sports performance, in the areas of vertical jump and shuttle run performance, in Illinois College Women's Basketball Team, participants ranged from 19-22 years of age.

Methods: There were eleven female basketball players ranging from the ages 19-22 years were recruited to participate in this study. All participants performed a vertical jump test and a shuttle run test while in each of the three treatment variables, KT tape, Placebo tape, and no tape.

Results: Mean and standard deviation were calculated from each of the treatment variables in both of the exercise tests and then a one-way ANOVA was performed using IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows Version 20.0. A significant difference was not found amongst the treatment variables in the vertical jump or shuttle run test.

Conclusions: Based on the results obtained from this study it was determined that in the tested participants, KT tape was not an effective treatment at enhancing sports performance in the areas of vertical jump height and shuttle run agility.