Nonelastic and Kinesio Tex Tapes Improve Perceived Stability But Not Postural Control in Participants With Chronic Ankle Instability

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The development of chronic ankle instability (CAI) is common following a lateral ankle sprain. Taping using nonelastic and Kinesio Tex (KT) tapes remain popular treatment strategies. The purpose of this investigation was to determine if KT tape improves static and dynamic postural control relative to nonelastic tape and a control condition. Twenty-four participants completed all three conditions. No immediate improvements in postural control were noted in either taping condition. Both nonelastic and KT tape improved perceived stability relative to the control condition. In conclusion, nonelastic and KT tape should not be used to immediately improve postural control in CAI participants.

Jason Cline, Abbey Thomas Fenwick, Tricia Turner, and Susan Arthur are with the Department of Kinesiology, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC. Erik A. Wikstrom is with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. Matthew Hoch, PhD, ATC, University of Kentucky, is the report editor for this article.

Address author correspondence to Erik A. Wikstrom at wikstrom@unc.edu.
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