An investigation of the literature on the use of prophylactic ankle braces for preventing lateral ankle sprains revealed methodological flaws and frequently inappropriate extrapolation of results. Existing research is inadequate and not definitive enough to warrant confident use of particular supportive modes. It is therefore apparent that more reliable scientific functional data and empirical conclusions are necessary when researching this topic. Suggestions for further research are offered and encouraged.
Scott Reisberg is with the Northeast Ohio Sports Medicine Institute, 231 Springside Dr., Akron, OH 44333. Mary C. Verstraete is with the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325.
Reprinted from Vol. l(4) due to publication errors in tables.