Ankle injuries are the most common injury associated with sports participation. A recent study examining NCAA injury data found that 14.9% of all injuries sustained in 15 intercollegiate sports were injuries to the ankle. Taping and bracing are commonly used measures to prevent and/or protect the ankle from injury. Patients often report a feeling of increased stability due to tape and/or brace, however previous studies examining the effect of ankle appliances on stability have produced conflicting results. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of taping and bracing on dynamic stability, and the perception of stability with and without ankle taping and bracing during dynamic stability testing.



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