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Marjan Someeh, Ali Asghar Norasteh, Hassan Daneshmandi, and Abbas Asadi

Context:

Ankle sprains or chronic ankle instability (CAI) is common in athletes and a common method for decreasing the effects of ankle instable is using tape.

Objective:

To determine whether Mulligan ankle taping (MAT) influenced the functional performance (FP) tests in athletes with and without CAI.

Design:

A cross-sectional study using a within-subject experimental design between four ankle conditions (taped and untaped, athletes with and without CAI).

Setting:

Research laboratory.

Participants:

Sixteen professional athletes with unilateral CAI (10 men and 6 women; age 23.2 ± 3 years, height 175.4 ± 10.3 cm, weight 73 ± 14.5 kg, and body mass index 23.8 ± 3.6%) and 16 uninjured professional athletes (10 men and 6 women; age 22.8 ± 1.7 years, height 173.6 ± 12.2 cm, weight 66.4 ± 11.4 kg, and body mass index 22.2 ± 3.3%) volunteered to participant in this study.

Intervention:

Mulligan ankle taping.

Main Outcome Measures:

FP tests including single leg hopping course, Figure-of-8 hop and side hop were measured for both the groups in two conditions: taped and untaped.

Results:

There were significant differences between injured and uninjured athletes in all FP tests (P < .05). MAT significantly improved FP tests in both groups (P < .05).

Conclusion:

We found that MAT can improve FP tests in athletes with CAI and uninjured athletes. Therefore, it seems that MAT can be an effective method for enhancing athletes’ performance in sports that require lateral movements.

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Thomas M. Newman, Giampietro L. Vairo, and William E. Buckley

incidence of repetitive sprains. Although an abundance of literature exists focusing on the efficacy of braces in preventing ankle sprains in young, healthy, and physically active populations, there is a scarcity of evidence specific to the impact of these apparatuses on functional performance; therefore

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Christie Powell, Jody Jensen, and Samantha Johnson

causes an increase in injury risk and potential long-term health consequences, including burnout, growth plate injuries, and osteoarthritis. 7 Following an injury, identifying functional performance deficits, defined by return-to-sport criteria, minimizes injury risk factors and provides athletes with

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Lütfiye Akkurt, İpek Alemdaroğlu Gürbüz, Ayşe Karaduman, and Öznur Tunca Yilmaz

angle degree and the duration of ascending 4 steps. A strong correlation was detected between popliteal angle degree and the duration of the Gower’s. The flexibilities of other lower limb muscles were also moderately correlated to most of the functional performance tests. Table 4 The Relationship

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Brittany Mann, Allison H. Gruber, Shane P. Murphy, and Carrie L. Docherty

motion may be restricted resulting in a decrease in performance, particularly during the vertical jump. 4 Laboratory-based studies, which evaluated how braces influence functional performances have led to mixed results. 4 , 7 , 10 , 11 , 13 The majority of the studies 7 – 19 have evaluated the

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Caroline Lisee, Lindsay Slater, Jay Hertel, and Joe M. Hart

, health care providers must apply the best evidence when making a return-to-play decision after injury. Strength, 4 functional performance, 4 and limb symmetry 9 are common sources of objective information that often inform clinicians when making return-to-play decisions. 9 – 11 Clinicians can compare

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Nazli Busra Cigercioglu, Hande Guney-Deniz, Ezgi Unuvar, Filiz Colakoglu, and Gul Baltaci

-to-side differences of shoulder ROM, rotator strength, and functional performance in adolescent players may improve our understanding of sport-specific shoulder joint adaptations in tennis. The purpose of this study was to compare the shoulder rotator strength, ROM, and functional performance between dominant and

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Jason Brumitt, Alma Mattocks, Jeremy Loew, and Phil Lentz

an individualized injury prevention training program. A recent trend in sport science research is to prospectively evaluate the effectiveness of functional performance tests (FPTs) to discriminate injury risk in a population of athletes. 9 – 13 The aforementioned prospective cohort studies have

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Ibrahim M. Altubasi

Aging is associated with increased time to perform functional activities ( Hurley, Rees, & Newham, 1998 ). Hurley et al. compared measures of functional performance among three different age groups (young, middle-aged, and older adults). The included tests for functional performance were the 50-ft

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Cristian Jaque, Phillip Véliz, Rodrigo Ramirez-Campillo, Jason Moran, Paulo Gentil, and Jorge Cancino

Muscle power is the product of the force and the velocity of muscle actions and represents the ability of the neuromuscular system to express force rapidly ( Hazell, Kenno, & Jakobi, 2007 ). Muscle power is considered important for the physical functional performance of older adults ( Reid