The American Journal of Sports Medicine (2009) Vol. 37, No. 2: 371-375
Background: Taping is often used to counter the proprioceptive deficit after joint injury such as ankle sprain. However, the effect of taping on proprioceptive acuity at the ankle is unclear, with conflicting findings.
KEYPOINTS - It is still unclear why taping the ankle reduces the risk of future sprains, although it has been shown to be effective. Our findings suggest that the efficacy of taping is unlikely to be due to an enhanced ability to detect inversion or eversion movements. To the contrary, we found that taping decreased the ability to detect movement in the inversion-eversion plane. This observation may be due to the tape, as we applied it, presenting unnatural cutaneous information and thereby reducing proprioceptive acuity.
Keywords: ankle instability; ankle inversion sprain; movement detection; proprioception; prophylaxis