Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1974

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Physical Education

Abstract

The ankle joint, because of the inadequate support supplied by muscles and ligaments, suffers frequent and often severe injury. Many coaches and athletes believe that adhesive taping of the ankle will reduce the occurrence of ankle injuries. Garrick has shown in his study that adhesive taping does help prevent ankle injuries to some degree. As a result, many athletes, professional and amateur, have their ankles taped routinely for protective purposes before practicing and playing in athletic contests. The adhesive taping of the ankle joint helps prevent injury by reducing the maximal range of movement of the joint. The athletic trainer, when applying nonelastic adhesive ankle taping, attempts to reduce the maximal range of movement without hindering an athlete's motor performance. Whether or not motor performance is restricted is not conclusive. It is of importance to the coach and athlete to know if ankle 4 taping does significantly impair a participant's athletic performance. There are many techniques of taping ankles for the prevention of injuries, and Dolan states that there are 24 such methods. The coach and/or trainer, depending on his background and experience, usually employs one of many methods of preventive taping of the ankle joint. Different taping techniques may vary in restricting the range of motion, thereby affecting motor performance in varying degrees. The results of this study should be beneficial to trainers, coaches, and athletes in that it hopefully will establish a more rational approach to evaluating certain aspects of adhesive ankle taping. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of two different techniques of adhesive ankle taping the performance of selected motor skills of athletes and ankle flexibility. The following hypotheses were investigated. There is no significant difference in the performance of selected motor skills of athletes whose ankles have been taped with the South Dakota State University Regular taping technique, the traditional closed Gibney Basketweave taping technique and no tape. There is no significant difference in the ankle flexibility of athletes taped with the South Dakota State University Regular taping technique and the closed Gibney Basketweave taping technique.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Physical education and training

Sports injuries

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

68

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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