The Sprained Ankle Tape

Brian Mulligan: “What should never be done is to tape the foot to prevent plantar flexion and inversion as the texts books suggest. This inhibits normal ankle movement and will slow down the healing process. It is pointless but sadly, it is taking many years for textbooks to change.

A study was done in Perth Australia where our taping for the sprained ankle was used as a prophylactic on a large number of male basketball players The taping reduced the incidence of ankle sprains amazingly. WOW! “

Go to the article:

The Role of Fibular Tape in the Prevention of Ankle Injury in Basketball:
A Pilot Study by Kym Moiler, BSc, Toby Hall, MSc, Postgrad Dip Manip Ther, Kim Robinson, BSc, Grad Dip Manip Ther.

Results: Four hundred forty-three measured basketball exposures resulted in 11 ankle injuries. All injuries occurred in subjects with a history of a previous ankle sprain. Significantly less ankle injuries were sustained by members of the FRT condition (n = 2), compared to members of the control condition (n = 9) (Fisher exact test, P = .03). The odds ratio of sustaining an ankle injury was 0.20 (P = .04; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.04, 0.93) when taped with FRT and the number needed to treat was 22 (95% CI, 12-312). Conclusions: This study provides preliminary data regarding the prophylactic effects of FRT on ankle injury in male basketball players.

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