Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Performance and Health Education


Health, Physical Education & Recreation

First Advisor

Dr. Mark Ricard

Second Advisor

Dr. Michael Miller

Third Advisor

Dr. Timothy Michael

Access Setting

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.