Dynamic tape in elite volleyballers with instability post lateral ankle sprain
Pereira A, Ribeiro V, Silva R, Zuin A.
Revista Movimenta 2017; (4) 895.
This study was presented at the VIII Congress Brasileiro e vi Congress Internacional da Sociedade Nacional de Fisioterapia Esportiva (SONAFE) in 2017. 20 elite male volleyballers between 16 and 22 years of age with a history of lateral ankle sprain were investigated. Cumberland Ankle Instability Tool (CAIT), Foot and Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) and Y Balance Test were evaluated with and without Dynamic Taping.
Dynamic Taping resulted in significant improvement in all measures. Again, it is difficult to draw conclusions regarding the mechanism behind the improvement with this intervention as a sham group was not investigated. Taping in the lengthened position results in the same skin contact, same appearance (and likely expectation) but without the possibility of the same mechanical effect and can therefore help determine whether the mechanism is largely mechanical or more related to skin contact, expectation or some other neurophysiological mechanism however clear improvements in dynamic balance and function were achieved.