Current Practices and Attitudes in the Use of Ankle Taping and Bracing in the College and High School Setting

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
Janet E. Simon PhD, AT 1 , Matthew Donahue PhD, AT 2 and Carrie L. Docherty PhD, AT, FNATA 3
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  • 1 Ohio University
  • 2 Weber State University
  • 3 Indiana University
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Taping and bracing are commonly used to protect the ankle joint and prevent ankle sprains. The purpose of this study was to: (1) determine ATs’ utilization of prophylactic support and (2) determine attitudes and behaviors toward the use of ankle taping and bracing. A survey was distributed electronically to 7,888 ATs. Over half of the responding ATs encouraged athletes to wear some form of ankle support. A majority of college ATs either encouraged or required athletes to use ankle taping, indicating the decision is derived from a complex integration of athlete preferences, the clinician’s internal evidence, and the best available external evidence.

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