This study sought to determine whether Kinesio Taping reduces swelling in athletes who have suffered an acute, lateral ankle sprain. The experimental group was administered Kinesio Taping application for 3 days, which was designed to treat swelling. The control group received an inert Kinesio Taping application. At 3 days after intervention, there weren’t any differences between groups for swelling in volumetry (MD -2ml, 95% CI -28 to 32); perimetry (MD 0.2cm, 95% CI -0.6 to 1.0); relative volumetry (MD 0.0cm, 95% CI -0.1 to 0.1); and the other analyses. At day 15 follow-up, there were no significant between-group differences in outcomes.
The application of Kinesio Taping, with the objective of stimulating the lymphatic system, is not effective in decreasing acute swelling after an ankle sprain in athletes.