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Ankle Taping : 6 Tips and Tricks

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Ankle taping is a useful way to prevent ankle injuries during sports. Ankle injuries are a prevalent concern in many sports, with acute ankle sprains being the most common lower limb injury among athletes. The rate of ankle injuries in sports ranges between 16%-40% (1). These injuries are particularly common in court games and team sports like rugby, soccer, volleyball, netball, and basketball. One of the most common ways that ankle injuries occur is by landing on another player’s foot or slipping.

To help with the prevention of recurrent ankle sprains, methods like bracing and taping have been extensively studied. Both non-rigid bracing and preventative taping have shown effectiveness in reducing the risk of recurrent ankle sprains by 50% to 70%(1). While they may not entirely stop ankle injuries, ankle taping and bracing can certainly help reduce the severity of the injury.

Ankle taping can seem complicated, but there are a few tips and tricks to make sure your taping is effective and comfortable.

  1. Make sure the skin is clean and dry and the ankle is held at 90º (the same position as standing)
  2. Use small pieces of tape to stop tape cuts on the Achilles and the front of the ankle
  3. Overlap the tape by half – it sticks to itself really well and will provide you good coverage around the ankle
  4. Try to take your time and avoid creases
  5. Don’t force the tape anywhere, lay it down and follow the contours of the ankle
  6. CHECK AS YOU GO – make sure each piece is comfortable

If you want to know more, stay tuned for more fantastic resources on ankle-strapping tips and tricks. Or, book in with a physiotherapist today and get a one-on-one personal workshop on ankle taping!

References

Halabchi, F., & Hassabi, M. (2020). Acute ankle sprain in athletes: Clinical aspects and algorithmic approach. World journal of orthopedics, 11(12), 534.

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