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Ankle taping can improve proprioception in healthy volunteers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21189212     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Taping is a common technique to treat inversion ankle sprains, but the effects of tape on proprioception are still not clear. The purpose of this study was to establish whether proprioception would be modified by the use of ankle tape. To do so we studied joint position sense (JPS) in healthy volunteers using three-dimensional (3D) movement analysis systems.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty healthy volunteers (mean age and SD = 23.2 ± 4.2) were asked to actively reproduce four different ankle positions: 10 degrees of dorsiflexion, neutral, 10 degrees and 20 degrees of plantarflexion. The absolute difference between the estimated angle and the target angle was used to assess JPS. This difference was named Error. Subjects were randomly assigned to the control (n = 21) or the intervention (n = 19) groups. Members of the intervention group received ankle tape for a lateral ligament sprain in the non-dominant leg. A t-test was used to evaluate the results.
RESULTS: Tape significantly improved JPS for the dorsiflexion position (p = 0.038). Neutral was the most accurately reproduced position, and the remaining positions were overestimated for both groups.
CONCLUSION: Taping improved proprioception in healthy volunteers, and 3D movement analysis was a useful method to accurately quantify joint position sense.
CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Because ankle proprioception is critical to the functional success of surgical and rehabilitation treatments, these results regarding proprioception are of particular importance because ankle taping is often used in preventing ankle sprains and it is a common treatment after ankle injuries.
Iris Miralles; Sónia Monterde; Salvador Montull; Isabel Salvat; J Fernández-Ballart; Judith Beceiro
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Foot & ankle international     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1071-1007     ISO Abbreviation:  Foot Ankle Int     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-29     Completed Date:  2011-02-16     Revised Date:  2014-08-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9433869     Medline TA:  Foot Ankle Int     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1099-106     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Ankle Injuries / physiopathology,  therapy
Ankle Joint / physiology*
Athletic Tape*
Biomechanical Phenomena
Movement / physiology
Proprioception / physiology*
Sprains and Strains / physiopathology,  therapy

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