Collegiate Athletes’ Perceptions of Adhesive Ankle Taping: A Qualitative Analysis

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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Objective:

To study athletes perceptions of adhesive ankle taping.

Design:

A qualitative study where athletes were interviewed regarding adhesive ankle taping.

Setting:

The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, USA.

Participants:

Eleven collegiate athletes, all currently taping their ankles, representative of three groups: recent injury, past injury, and no prior injury.

Results:

Taping resulted in feelings of increased confidence, increased strength, and decreased anxiety for injury or reinjury. Differences were found in responses given by the participants in the three groups.

Conclusions:

Taping has a psychological impact on athletes. Athletic trainers should make sure they educate athletes about the uses and functions of adhesive tape.

Erika Hunt is with the Division of Sports Medicine and Sandra Short is with the Physical Education and Exercise Science Department, both at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. E-mails: erika.hunt@und.nodak.edu; sandra_moritz@und.nodak.edu

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