Date of Award

January 2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education

First Advisor

Jesse Rhoades


KinesioTape is used throughout sports at all levels of competition. This study aims at augmenting vertical jump performance with the use of KinesioTape. Vertical jumping ability is a crucial skill and advantage in various sports, as it impacts an individual’s ability to achieve height, power, and efficiency during the jumping phase. Though training methods have proven to improve vertical jump, the potential of a Kinesiotape design remains somewhat unanswered in this context. This test aims to determine whether our tape design is significantly effective in countermovement and squat jumps. The research includes a comprehensive literature review to understand today's KinesioTape technology, biomechanics of the countermovement jump, and other vital factors that may influence the vertical jump. Based on the literature, a unique tape design will be created, including fundamental principles such as tension, support, muscle groups, and direction. The experimental phase involves athletes undergoing a series of jump tests with tape applied, a rest period, and then the same jump test phase with the tape off. The anticipated outcome of this experiment is to find how KinesioTape affects the vertical jump and how we can take advantage of this product in sports.