The Therapeutic Effects Of Kinesio Tape on a Grade I Lateral Ankle Sprain
Hendrick, Carrie Rayette
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The Therapeutic Effects OF Kinesioâ ¢ Tape On A Grade I Lateral Ankle Sprain? By Carrie Rayette Hendrick ABSTRACT Ankle taping and bracing are important components in the world of sports medicine and athletic training. There are different types of tape that are used for athletes by athletic trainers. However, little research has compared the performance of Kinesioâ ¢ Tape and an ASO ankle brace on a lateral grade I ankle sprain. The purpose of this study was to determine if there are therapeutic effects of Kinesioâ ¢ tape on a grade I lateral ankle sprain, using an ASO as the control group. The gold standard protocol for a grade I lateral ankle sprain is an ASO ankle brace. Twenty five students from 9 different high schools in 2 sister counties participated in the study. These students were all athletes, who suffered a grade I lateral ankle sprain. Twelve student-athletes were in the Kinesioâ ¢ tape group and thirteen of the student-athletes were in the ASO brace group, also known as the control group. The student-athletes completed five functional tests; Single Leg Stance, Single Leg Squat, Single leg Hop, Box Drill , and the Illinois Test, at each of the three sessions 0, 4, and 8 weeks. Results found there was no significant difference between the Kinesioâ ¢ tape group and the ASOâ ¢ ankle brace group when it came to pain level, single leg hop for distance, the box drill or the Illinois test, when tested at three different times; week 0, week 4, and week 8. However, results showed that there was a significant difference between the two groups on the single leg squat test. It was determined that the control group also known as the ASOâ ¢ ankle brace group, were able to perform more squats at week 4 and week 8, than the treatment groups also known as the Kinesioâ ¢ Tape group.
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