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Influence of prophylactic ankle tapes on lower-extremity kinematics during a stop-jump task in chronic ankle instability

  • Hyung-pil Jun1,2
  • Sujin Choi1
  • Eunwook Chang3

1Department of Physical Education, Dong-A University, 49315 Busan, Korea

2Yonsei Institute of Sports Science and Exercise Medicine, Yonsei University, 03722 Seoul, Korea

3Department of Kinesiology, Inha University, 22212 Incheon, Korea

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.068 Vol.17,Issue 4,September 2021 pp.255-263

Submitted: 17 March 2021 Accepted: 30 April 2021

Published: 30 September 2021

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sports and physical activities for men’s health)

*Corresponding Author(s): Sujin Choi E-mail:
*Corresponding Author(s): Eunwook Chang E-mail:


Background and objective: Numerous tape applications have been used in patients with chronic ankle instability (CAI). However, the effect of prophylactic ankle taping on lower-extremity kinematics is still not well understood. This study aimed to investigate the effects of traditional taping, fibular repositioning taping, and kinesiology taping on the peak angles of the lower extremities in patients with CAI.

Materials and Methods: A total of 14 men (age, 24.07 ± 4.46 years; height, 175.06 ± 5.10 cm; weight, 82.24 ± 10.38 kg (mean ± standard deviation)) with CAI identified using screening questionnaires (Cumberland Ankle Instability Tool, 17.64 ± 4.14; Foot and Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) Activity of Daily Living, 86.69 ± 6.71; and FAAM Sports Subscale, 75.45 ± 6.70) participated. The peak angles of the hip, knee, and ankle joints during a stop-jump task, with and without tape application, were collected using a three-dimensional motion system.

Results: The following peak angles were measured: hip flexion, hip adduction (ADD), hip internal rotation (IR), knee flexion, knee abduction (ABD), knee IR, ankle dorsiflexion, ankle inversion, and ankle ADD. No significant differences were observed in the peak angle of each joint across conditions (hip flexion, F(3,39) = 0.85, p = 0.47; hip ADD, F(1.729,22.478) = 1.90, p = 0.18; hip IR, F(1.632,21.220) = 0.67, p = 0.49; knee flexion, F(3,39) = 1.24, p = 0.15; knee ABD, F(1.691,21.982) = 1.24, p = 0.30; knee IR, F(1.830,23.794) = 0.44, p = 0.63; ankle dorsiflexion, F(3,39) = 0.66, p = 0.58; ankle inversion, F(1.385,18.007) = 0.85, p = 0.40; ankle ADD, F(1.865,24.249) = 2.23, p = 0.13).

Conclusion: The application of different taping techniques did not significantly change the peak joint angles of the lower extremities during a stop-jump task. These results contradict those of previous studies, suggesting that ankle taping restricts joint range of motion.


Chronic ankle instability; Traditional taping; Fibular repositioning taping; Kinesiology taping; Lower-extremity kinematics; Stop-jump

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Hyung-pil Jun,Sujin Choi,Eunwook Chang. Influence of prophylactic ankle tapes on lower-extremity kinematics during a stop-jump task in chronic ankle instability. Journal of Men's Health. 2021. 17(4);255-263.


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