Objectives: Tissue compression and partial vascular occlusion using band flossing results in re-perfusion of blood to the muscle tissue that may ultimately increase range of motion (ROM) and reduce risk of injury. However, the effect of band flossing on ankle ROM and jump performance is yet to be evaluated.
Design: In a crossover design, participants performed a number of tests pre and post the application of a floss band to one ankle (FLOSS), with the contralateral ankle acting as the control (CON).
Setting: University laboratory.
Participants: 52 recreational athletes (29 male/23 female).
Main outcome measures: Pre and post measures included a weight-bearing lunge test (WLBT), ankle dorsiflexion (DF) and plantarflexion (PF) ROM, and single leg vertical jump height and velocity.
Results: FLOSS resulted in significant enhancements in all test measures pre to post (p < 0.01), with no significant changes pre to post for CON (p > 0.05). All pre to post changes were associated with small effect sizes for FLOSS compared to CON.
Conclusion: Floss bands applied to the ankle increase dorsiflexion and plantarflexion ROM and improve single-leg jump performance in recreational athletes. The results from this study suggest that floss bands may be used for injury prevention and athletic performance.
Keywords: Flossbands; Ischemic pre-conditioning; Mobility bands; ROM; Vascular occlusion.
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