THE EFFECTS OF A CLOTH WRAP IN STABILIZATION OF THE ANKLE

  • C.L. Matthew
  • R.L. Jensen
Keywords: stability, force platform, ankle sprain, center of gravity (COG)

Abstract

This study aimed to examine the effects of the cloth wrap in ankle stabilization, since there is limited research of cloth wrap ankle stabilization. Twenty subjects (13 female, 7 male) were utilized in this study. Three conditions were performed on each ankle ( Baseline, Wrapped, and Unwrapped). Results showed the only significant difference (p smaller than 0.01) found were the main effects for condition (Baseline vs. Wrapped, vs. Unwrapped). A significant interaction of condition by gender was also found (p=0.034). None of the other interactions were significant (p>0.05). It was concluded that the cloth wrap may have decreased the subject's proprioception. Females also stabilized out faster than males, possibly due to a lower center of gravity (COG).
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities