Title page for ETD etd-12152010-124004

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hendrick, Carrie Rayette
Author's Email Address hen2004@vt.edu
URN etd-12152010-124004
Title The Therapeutic Effects Of Kinesio Tape on a Grade I Lateral Ankle Sprain
Degree PhD
Department Curriculum and Instruction
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Stratton, Richard K. Committee Chair
Lepczyk, Billie F. Committee Member
Redican, Kerry J. Committee Member
Rudins, Andrew Committee Member
  • Lateral
  • Assessment
  • Functional
  • Edema
  • Acute
Date of Defense 2010-12-06
Availability unrestricted
The Therapeutic Effects OF Kinesio™ Tape On A Grade I Lateral Ankle Sprain?


Carrie Rayette Hendrick


Ankle taping and bracing are important components in the world of sports medicine and athletic training. There are different types of tape that are used for athletes by athletic trainers. However, little research has compared the performance of Kinesio™ Tape and an ASO ankle brace on a lateral grade I ankle sprain. The purpose of this study was to determine if there are therapeutic effects of Kinesio™ tape on a grade I lateral ankle sprain, using an ASO as the control group. The gold standard protocol for a grade I lateral ankle sprain is an ASO ankle brace.

Twenty five students from 9 different high schools in 2 sister counties participated in the study. These students were all athletes, who suffered a grade I lateral ankle sprain. Twelve student-athletes were in the Kinesio™ tape group and thirteen of the student-athletes were in the ASO brace group, also known as the control group. The student-athletes completed five functional tests; Single Leg Stance, Single Leg Squat, Single leg Hop, Box Drill , and the Illinois Test, at each of the three sessions 0, 4, and 8 weeks.

Results found there was no significant difference between the Kinesio™ tape group and the ASO™ ankle brace group when it came to pain level, single leg hop for distance, the box drill or the Illinois test, when tested at three different times; week 0, week 4, and week 8. However, results showed that there was a significant difference between the two groups on the single leg squat test. It was determined that the control group also known as the ASO™ ankle brace group, were able to perform more squats at week 4 and week 8, than the treatment groups also known as the Kinesio™ Tape group.

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