The Effect of the TayCo External Ankle Brace on Multidirectional Reach Distance, Balance, and Motion in Collegiate Athletes

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
Steven J. Smith DAT, AT, ATC, * , 1 and Cameron J. Powden PhD, LAT, ATC * , 2
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  • 1 University of Michigan
  • 2 University of Indianapolis
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Ensuring ankle stability while allowing for functional movement is important when returning patients to physical activity and attempting to prevent injury. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of the TayCo external and a lace-up ankle brace on lower extremity function, dynamic balance, and motion in 18 physically active participants. Significantly greater range of motion was demonstrated for the TayCo brace compared with the lace-up brace for dorsiflexion and plantar flexion, as well as less range of motion for the TayCo brace compared to the lace-up brace for inversion and eversion. The TayCo brace provided restricted frontal plane motion while allowing increased sagittal plane motion without impacting performance measures.

Smith is with the Athletic Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Powden is with the Masters of Science in Athletic Training Program, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, USA.

Powden (powdenc@uindy.edu) is corresponding author.
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