David Seeberger

Date Approved


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education


Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education


College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton


Sports injuries--Prevention


Higher Education


Prophylactic ankle taping has been considered the basis of lateral ankle injury prevention and has been used at all levels of sport competition. An alternative to ankle taping is a semirigid reusable ankle brace. This study compared the incidence of ankle sprains in Division III collegiate basketball players during a 4 week period. Each subject was randomly selected to one of four groups which include a taping group, bracing group, PowerTape® group, and rehabilitation group. The purpose of this study was to prospectively compare ankle taping, bracing, PowerTaping, and rehabilitation for the prevention of ankle sprains. A total of 25 men and women basketball players were followed up for a 4 week period, 5 ankle sprains occurred with no lateral ankle injuries occurring in either of the PowerTape® groups. There were no statistically significant differences in the incidence of ankle sprains between the 4 groups. Findings of the survey data revealed that subjects reported having no performance deficits in basketball drills, athletic performance, and muscle performance.