Date of Award
Master of Arts
Human Performance and Health Education
Health, Physical Education & Recreation
Dr. Mark Ricard
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Timothy Michael
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The ankle joint is among one of the most common sites for injury, accounting for 86% of all injuries. Commonly, athletic tape or an ankle brace is used to prevent or protect ankle injuries from occurring and/or re-occurring. The purpose of the study was to compare the effectiveness of athletic tape and the McDavid Ultra brace in limiting the amount and rate of ankle inversion when using dynamic ankle inversion. Subjects (6=Males, 12=Females) completed ten trials on an inversion platform under the following conditions: no-tape (control) and two bracing conditions (athletic tape and McDavid Ultra Brace). A 2 x 3 repeated measures ANOVA showed that there was a significant difference in the amount of ankle inversion!. The McDavid brace significantly reduced the rate inversion (394.49 deg/s) when compared to the tape (524.19 deg/s) and the control (687.89 deg/s). In addition, the tape condition significantly reduced the rate of ankle inversion when compared to the control. The McDavid brace was significantly better than ankle taping in reducing the amount and rate of ankle inversion, which is useful for a clinician when trying to rehabilitate an injury or trying to protect the ankle from further injury.
Pataki, Leah M., "Comparison Effects of Tape and the McDavid Ultra Brace in Limiting the Amount and Rate of Ankle Inversion" (2004). Master's Theses. 4605.