Central European Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine

ISSN: 2300-9705     eISSN: 2353-2807    OAI    DOI: 10.18276/cej.2015.3-01
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Issue archive / Vol. 11, No. 3/2015
Comparison of Ankle Taping and Bracing on Ankle Biomechanics during Landing in Functional Ankle Instability

Authors: Gregory Dedrick
Department of Physical Therapy, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC, USA

Hayley McKelle Ulm
Carolina Family Practice and Sports Medicine, Cary, NC, USA

Douglas W. Powell
Department of Physical Therapy, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC, USA ; Department of Physiology, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC, USA

Brett Windsor
Department of Physical Therapy, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC, USA
Keywords: ankle biomechanics taping bracing landing injury treatment
Data publikacji całości:2015
Page range:10 (5-14)
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Lateral ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in athletics. Injury to lateral ankle ligaments can result in persistent instability of the ankle joint, known as functional ankle instability (FAI). Two methods of treating FAI are ankle taping and ankle bracing. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of ankle taping and ankle bracing on ankle joint kinematics and kinetics during a landing task. Methods: Seven individuals with FAI and seven healthy controls performed three landing trials in each of three conditions: control, taped and braced. Ground reaction forces and three-dimensional kinematics were collected simultaneously while participants performed single-leg step-off landing trials from a box with a height of 0.6m. Peak ankle joint angles and moments were calculated using customized software. Results: Individuals with FAI produced significantly smaller inversion moments compared to healthy controls (p = 0.006). Ankle stabilization did not significantly alter ankle joint angles, ranges of motion or moments. Discussion: The present findings suggest that individuals with FAI exhibit unique ankle biomechanics independent of ankle stabilization modality. Future research may seek to investigate the multi-joint biomechanical adaptations associated with ankle stabilization in individuals with FAI compared to healthy controls.
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