External ankle taping does not alter lower extremity side-step cut and straight sprint biomechanics in young adult males

Sports Biomech. 2020 Jun;19(3):395-410. doi: 10.1080/14763141.2018.1493743. Epub 2018 Jul 23.


Lateral ankle sprains (LAS) are one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries and as a response, clinicians often use external ankle taping prophylactically to reduce the prevalence of injuries. External ankle taping techniques have been shown to significantly reduce passive ankle range of motion; however, there is limited research on the effects of external ankle taping on lower extremity kinematics or kinetics during sport specific tasks. Therefore, our objective was to compare the effects of external ankle taping on ankle, knee and hip kinematics and kinetics compared to no taping during an anticipated sidestep cutting task and a straight sprint task. We conducted a cross-over laboratory study with 16 healthy males. Three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics were collected with a motion capture system and in-ground force plate during 5 trials of a sprint and anticipated side-step cut with or without external ankle taping. Group means and associated 90% confidence intervals were plotted across 100 data points for each task, significance being identified when the confidence intervals did not overlap for three consecutive data points. No significant kinetic or kinematic differences were identified between conditions for the tasks. External ankle taping does not influence lower extremity biomechanics during a control cutting task.

Keywords: Spat tape; anticipated side-step cut; sprint task.

MeSH terms

  • Ankle / physiology*
  • Ankle Injuries / prevention & control
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Athletic Tape*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Hip / physiology
  • Humans
  • Knee / physiology
  • Male
  • Motor Skills / physiology*
  • Movement
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Time and Motion Studies
  • Young Adult