Objective. To evaluate the immediate effects of fibular repositioning tape on ankle kinematics and muscle activity during a single-leg drop landing in subjects with chronic ankle instability. Design. An experimental research design was used to compare a fibular repositioning tape group (n=10), placebo tape group (n=10), and control group (n=10) before and after a taping intervention. Subjects. Thirty subjects with chronic ankle instability volunteered to participate. Measurements. Ankle kinematics and lower extremity EMG data were recorded. A mixed-model ANOVA was used for statistical analyses for each dependent variable. Post-hoc testing was done with independent and dependent t-tests. Results. The fibular repositioning tape group landed with a decreased plantarflexion angle at initial contact (p<0.0005) and had decreased mean amplitude EMG of the tibialis anterior during the preparatory phase (p<0.0005). Conclusions. Fibular repositioning tape may cause beneficial changes in landing kinematics that may lead to a decreased rate of ankle sprains.
|Commitee:||DiStefano, Lindsay, Zinder, Steven|
|School:||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Department:||Exercise and Sport Science|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||MAI 46/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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