Date of Award

5-1-2003

Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education in Athletic Training

Department

Department of Athletic Training

Committee Member

Julie N. Bernier

Committee Member

Irene M. Cucina

Abstract

Effectiveness of ankle tape and ankle brace on joint position sense (JPS) was assessed in subjects with one functionally unstable ankle, before and after exercise in a full weight bearing stance. In this study, subjects (N =31) with one functionally unstable ankle were randomly assigned to a condition (tape, brace, or control), measured JPS on a position awareness device, exercised for 20 min, re-measured JPS. A 3 x 3 (condition x test) mixed factorial ANOVA indicated that no significant (p = .589) interaction existed between test (pre-prophylactic, post-prophylactic, or post-exercise) and condition. A second 3x3x3(condition x test x angle) mixed factorial ANOVA was computed and a significant (p = .032) interaction was noted for test by angle. Three ranges of angles were used during the tests; low range (0° - 6°) mid-range (7° - 13°); and high-range (14° - 20°). Pairwise comparisons and a Tukey's HSD post - hoc tests showed that significant (p < .05) differences exist in JPS errors existed before and after exercise in the mid-range angle group, than when compared to the low and high range angles.

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