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A comparison of ankle taping methods

POPE, MALCOLM H.; RENSTROM, PER; DONNERMEYER, DENNIS; MORGENSTERN, SUSAN
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: April 1987
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ABSTRACT

POPE, M. H., P. RENSTROM, D. DONNERMEYER, and S. MORGENSTERN. A comparison of ankle taping methods. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 143–147, 1987. Four different types of ankle tapings were applied to a model of the human ankle joint. The model was constructed so that it contained a hinge to represent the ankle joint and had an external shape identical to a real ankle and foot. A mechanical testing machine was used to apply moments to the model at a controlled loading rate. From these tests, the deflection and torque to failure and the tangent stiffness were determined. Loadings of an ankle joint in vivo revealed that the angular deflection to initiate pain was approximately 8°. Only the figure eight and full tapings could withstand 8° of angular displacement on the ankle model prior to failure. Analysis of athletic trauma revealed that torques of 420 Nm could be applied to the ankle joint. Only the figure eight taping with three or more wraps has adequate strength to withstand this moment, and thus this taping is recommended. In practice, tapings failed by shearing away from the surface of the foot or shrinking rather than by rupture of the tape.

©1987The American College of Sports Medicine