The influence of Mulligan ankle taping during balance performance in subjects with unilateral chronic ankle instability

The objective of this study was to determine whether Mulligan ankle tape influenced the performance in subjects with unilateral chronic ankle instability (CAI) during static balance; postural sway recovery patterns after hopping and dynamic tracking balance tasks.  20 volunteer recreational athletes with unilateral CAI were recruited and underwent a cross-sectional, within-subjects experimental study design between 4 ankle conditions (taped; untaped: injured and uninjured).  Outcome measures were static balance (10 s); postural sway recovery patterns after a 30 s functional hop test (immediately, 30 and 60 s); dynamic tracking balance tasks (wandering, target overshoot and reaction-time).  Between the four conditions, static balance showed no significant differences; significant changes occurred in postural sway over time; no significant changes were reported for the dynamic tracking tasks. Wandering was highly correlated with reaction-time and overshooting.

Under resting and fatigued conditions, Mulligan ankle taping did not impact on the neuromuscular control during static and dynamic balance in subjects with healthy and unstable ankles.

Diana Hopper, Karin Samsson, Tobias Hulenik, Cheryl Ng, Toby Hall, Kim Robinson. The influence of Mulligan ankle taping during balance performance in subjects with unilateral chronic ankle instability.  Physical Therapy in Sport, 2009, 10(4), 125-130

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