By Seishen Gerard Ratnagopal
(BSc Sports Science, Dip. Nursing)
One common question which is often asked by my athletes is what supports the ankle more? Ankle taping or bracing ? The effectiveness of sports taping versus bracing is still to be fully established, although current research suggest that they both have their respective advantages & disadvantages. Understanding the strengths of taping and bracing respectively will ultimately help the athlete make the right choice on which to use in relation to their sport or activity. This article will highlight advantages and disadvantages for both, so that you can make up your own decisions.
This can provide increased benefits in securing, preventing & providing biomechanical support for the ankle in ranges of movement. Application is versatile and can be applied to give more specific support to whatever the injury may be. One disadvantage however is that you need someone skilled to apply the tape correctly, which may not always be available. If the tape is applied incorrectly then it may cause discomfort and irritation to the athlete. Tape can also lose it adhesiveness and some research has shown that this can be as much as a 50% reduction within 10 minutes after application. There are also many different types of tape available so knowing which tape does what, needs to be fully understood.
This has shown to be effective in securing the ankle & in preventing excessive inversion & eversion movements. It also offers advantages related to ease of application, removal & adjustability, as it can be applied by yourself. This saves a lot of time and has you covered if no skilled physiotherapist or trainer is available. One disadvantage to bracing is that they come in many styles and sizes, so finding the correct one for your needs may become difficult. They also only offer generalised support so may not be specific enough for your requirements.
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