Date of Award

Spring 2004

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Human Movement Sciences


Athletic Training

Committee Director

Bonnie Van Lunen

Committee Member

Martha Walker

Committee Member

Christopher Joyce

Committee Member

James Onate

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.E44 M35 2004


Ankle taping is a common practice in the athletic training room, but there is minimal evidence to support its effectiveness in enhancing muscle activation. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of ankle taping on muscle activation following sudden inversion in functionally unstable and healthy ankles before and after exercise. Fourteen recreational athletes with a unilateral functionally unstable ankle volunteered to participate. Surface EMG electrodes were placed on the peroneals and anterior tibialis muscles of both extremities. Each subject received four treatment conditions; ankle taping, ankle taping with spatting, spatting, and no tape in a randomly assigned, counterbalanced order on four separate days. A custom-made platform was constructed that allowed the foot to be randomly dropped (three times) into 32 degrees of inversion. Following initial testing, participants performed an exercise protocol consisting of treadmill jogging and box jumps while landing in various foot positions, then completed the post-exercise testing session. The independent variables were taping condition, muscle tested, ankle stability, and time of test. Two separate repeated measures ANOVAs (p


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