Comparison of Prophylactic Ankle Cloth Wrapping and Taping on Vertical Jump Height in Division I Football Players

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
John Henderson MS, ATC, CSCS 1 , Brian C. Lyons PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT 2 , W. Steven Tucker PhD, ATC 3 , and Ben Davidson MS, AT-retired 4
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  • 1 Duquesne University
  • 2 University of Wisconsin Parkside
  • 3 University of Central Arkansas
  • 4 Southern Utah University
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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of cloth wrap (CW) and ankle tape (TAP) techniques on vertical jump performance in 29 Division I football players. There was a significant reduction in vertical jump performance for both the TAP (76.2 ± 1.3 cm; t28= 6.5, p < .0005) and CW (77.3 ± 1.3 cm; t28= 3.9, p = .001) conditions as compared with the control (78.4 ± 1.3 cm). The TAP group also had reduced vertical jump scores as compared with the CW group (t28= 4.9, p < .0005). Both prophylactic techniques resulted in decreased vertical jump capability with the TAP having a greater negative impact than the CW.