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Athletic Training

Pre Game Prep for Football

10/05/2010

Question:

My son`s high school football team is plagued with ankle injuries. My husband said that the trainer taped all players ankles prior to play. Would that be a good idea or did they stop that practice for a reason.

Answer:

The decision on whether or not to tape players before activity is the result of a number of factors. Athlete preference, resources of the school, and having a qualified person available all play a role in how teams prevent ankle injuries. Many schools utilize ankle braces for their athletes. They are more cost effective, last much longer, and are easily applied. Most schools use a combination of taping some athletes and having the rest utilize ankle braces. Good Luck!

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Robert W Sweeney, MS, ATC Robert W Sweeney, MS, ATC
Athletic Trainer
Clnical Instructor
The School of Allied Medical Proffesions
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University