Effectiveness of taping for the prevention of ankle ligament sprains

Br J Sports Med. 1990 Mar;24(1):47-50. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.24.1.47.


The effectiveness of taping in the prevention of sports injuries has only been studied in detail with regard to the lateral ligaments of the ankle. It appears that taping can protect against injury. The mechanism by which taping works is not certain, but mechanical factors play a role which decreases with exercise. The major effect of taping may be its proprioceptive effect on underlying muscle groups.

MeSH terms

  • Ankle Injuries*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Bandages*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Ligaments, Articular / injuries*
  • Shoes
  • Sprains and Strains / prevention & control*