Our first conclusion is that taping and bracing appear to be more effective in preventing ankle sprains in athletes with a history of ankle sprain than in those without a history of ankle sprain second, when deciding whether athletes should be taped or braced, the increased cost and time of ankle taping, compared with bracing must be considered. In addition, taping loosens the longer it is worn and the more the athlete sweats, rendering it less effective if an athlete has no past medical history of an ankle injury, it might be in their best interest to invest in an ankle brace, if they feel the need for extra support or if their coach recommends it. Wellness update, march 2008 page 2 a study by rovere et al compar ed taping wi th laced ankl e braces they found laced ankle braces were twice as effective in preventing ankle injuries as taping. The authors concluded that bracing is in fact more time and cost effective than repeated ankle taping interestingly a 2009 study(2) compared the effectiveness of rigid taping versus elastic taping (eg leukotape k or kinesiotaping) on an athletic population and reported no differences in ankle restriction between the two types of taping. Most studies have shown that braces are slightly more effective than taping and both are better than no support logically an external support should stiffen the joint and increase the structural stability of the ankle, making the ankle less susceptible to inversion.
For more than a century, ankle taping has been advocated sense, they suggested that taping may be more effective than bracing for improving ankle joint proprioception awareness. Because taping also significantly enhanced inversion position sense, they suggested that taping may be more effective than bracing for improving ankle joint proprioception. Bracing is much more economical and is easier to apply without the help of and athletic trainer if the brace loosens it is very easy to tighten the brace some athletes though, such as dancers and gymnasts, may be more likely to tape due to aesthetic reason.
Most have shown that braces are slightly more effective than taping but that both are better than no support one interesting study found that simply wearing high-top instead of low-top shoes prevented some ankle injuries and that high tops plus taping had more than 50% fewer injuries than low tops plus taping. Most have shown that braces are slightly more effective than taping but that both are better than no support at all one study found that simply wearing high-top sneakers instead of low-tops prevented some ankle injuries and that high-tops plus taping had more than 50% fewer injuries than low-tops plus taping. Bracing vs tape by matthew j comeau, phd, atc, lat, cscs through the use of athletic tape or ankle bracing, is effective in reducing injury to tape or not to tape reported that ankle bracing and taping improve joint position sense in the stable ankle. A complete review on taping versus bracing (post injury) this entry was posted on 8th december 2015 by michael core we are all likely to experience a sporting injury at some stage, whether it results from overuse or a specific incident ie impact, slip or trip. Ankle spatting compared to bracing or taping during maximal- of 17 young men, ankle spatting was more effective than taping at reducing ankle perceive ankle taping as more comfortable than spatting (19) another study exposed 15 young adult male rugby players to.
Taping and bracing of the knee and ankle elizabeth a arendt, md professor and vice chair dept of orthopedics, u of minnesota, usa bracing slightly more effective than taping either are better than no support bracing and taping should not be used in place of rehabilitation. The hypothesis tested in this study is that the treatment of lateral ankle sprain with a semi-rigid brace leads to less local complications [allergic contact dermatitis, bullae, and skin pressure abnormalities] and more patient satisfaction than treatment with tape. This research seems to have good clinical application in which bracing may be a more satisfactory as well as cost effective alternative to taping in regards to managing ankle pathologies however, like kyle stated the taping technique was not stated so it is hard to definitely state whether this study can be applied into clinical application. Over the years, there have been many studies reflecting the superiority of a good laced ankle brace as compared to ankle taping techniques the following study may be helpful in answering this question.
One study reported a cost of $175 per ankle when taping was used to prevent ankle sprains, resulting in a cost of more than $400 per athlete over 1 college football season for these reasons, a number of ankle braces, both laced and semirigid with velcro straps, have been developed. Both ankle taping and semirigid bracing seem to be more effective for athletes with a previous history of ankle sprain on the other hand, lace-up braces reduced the incidence of ankle sprains in. Ankle braces provide ultimate stability more than taping using an ankle brace can fit any foot size and can be taken off easily ankle braces can maintain is durability for a long time and athletes can reuse the brace many times.
Pros of athletic taping vs bracing there are numerous reasons why ankle taping is more effective than bracing the use of braces were originally thought to be very effective in preventing tears of joints, especially the knees. For this reason, the concept of prophylactic sports ankle support wrapping was introduced more than 60 years ago the concept of ankle bracing evolved from ankle taping braces are being used instead of traditional taping by many athletes at all levels of competition. Moreover, taping was more effective in improving ankle joint proprioception than bracing in contrast to heit, et al (1996), refshauge, kilbreath, and raymond (2000) argued that taping does not enhance proprioceptive performance in effectiveness of taping and bracing in balance.
Taping of the ankle has many variables in comparison to bracing these variables include the type of tape, adherents, the technique utilized, the position of the ankle while taping, and the competency of the person applying the tape. Ankle braces are thicker and more rigid than athletic tape, which means more support for the ankle ankle braces also lose some of their support after exercise, but they can be easily readjusted, which takes less time than re-taping the ankle. Ankle taping and bracing are fixtures of both athletic training and sports medicine in the long run, braces are likely more cost-effective than taping [1, 4, 9, 10, 11] estimates in the past have shown that ankle taping is approximately three times more expensive than bracing over the course of a competitive season.