Tissue flossing on ankle range of motion, jump and sprint performance: A follow-up study

Phys Ther Sport. 2017 Nov;28:29-33. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2017.08.081. Epub 2017 Aug 24.


Objectives: Previous results from our laboratory suggest that band flossing results in increased ankle range of motion (ROM) and jump performance 5-min following application. However, the time-course of such benefits is yet to be examined.

Design: Parallel group design.

Setting: University laboratory.

Participants: 69 recreational athletes (32 male/37 female).

Main outcome measures: Participants performed a weight-bearing lunge test (WBLT), a counter-movement jump (CMJ) and a 15 m sprint test (SPRINT) pre and up to 45-min post application of a floss band to both ankles (FLOSS) or without flossing of the ankle joints (CON).

Results: There was a significant intervention × time interaction in favour of FLOSS when compared to CON for the WBLT (p < 0.05). These results were associated with trivial to small effect sizes at all time points. Small, but non-significant (p > 0.05) benefits were seen for FLOSS when compared to CON for CMJ force (mean ± 90%CI: 89 ± 101 N) and 15 m SPRINT times (-0.06 ± 0.04 s) at 45-min post.

Conclusion: There is a trend towards a benefit for the use of floss bands applied to the ankle joint to improve ROM, jump and sprint performance in recreational athletes for up to 45-min following their application.

Keywords: Flossbands; Ischemic pre-conditioning; Mobility bands; ROM; Vascular occlusion.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Ankle / physiology
  • Ankle Joint / physiology*
  • Athletic Performance*
  • Compression Bandages*
  • Exercise Test
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Range of Motion, Articular*
  • Weight-Bearing
  • Young Adult