The Influence of Ankle Taping on Changes in Postural Stability during Soccer-Specific Activity

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation

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Monika Lohkamp
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Context:

Postural stability diminishes with longer activity, which may increase the risk of injury. Tape can increase stability, but this effect diminishes after exercise.

Objective:

To investigate the influence of ankle taping on postural stability during soccer-specific activity.

Participants:

10 male, injury-free, semiprofessional soccer players.

Intervention:

A 45-min treadmill protocol replicating the activity profile of soccer match play—with and without ankle tape. Postural stability was assessed every 7.5 min, requiring response to sudden ankle plantar flexion and inversion during single-leg stance.

Main Outcome Measure:

Reaction time to perturbation and center- of-gravity (CoG) displacement.

Results:

Reaction time was significantly longer (P < .05) with longer exercise for both movements and conditions. No significant effect was evident in CoG displacement. For both outcome measures a nonsignificant benefit of taping was observed during the first 22.5 min of activity.

Conclusion:

Prolonged exposure to soccer-specific activity negates any beneficial effect of taping in improving postural stability.

Lohkamp, Craven, and Walker-Johnson are with the Dept of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science, University of Hull, Hull, UK. Greig is with the Medical and Exercise Science Dept, The Football Association, Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Newport, Shropshire, UK.

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