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J Athl Train. 1997 Jan-Mar; 32(1): 29–33.
PMCID: PMC1319232

The Effects of Spatting and Ankle Taping on Inversion Before and After Exercise

Troy S. Pederson, MS, ATC
Troy S. Pederson is
Mark D. Ricard, PhD
Mark D. Ricard is Associate Professor of Physical Education at Brigham Young University.
Gaye Merrill, MS, ATC
Gaye Merrill is Program Director of the Athletic Training Program at Brigham Young University.
Shane S. Schulthies, PhD, PT, ATC
Shane S. Schulthies is Assistant Professor of Physical Education at Brigham Young University.



To compare the effects of spatting, taping and spatting, taping, and not taping on the amount and rate of inversion of the ankle before and after exercise.

Design and Setting:

We filmed subjects at 60 Hz while they stood on a platform that suddenly inverted the right ankle. Five trials were measured before and after a 30-minute period of drills.


We tested 15 male rugby players with no history of lower-leg injury within the previous 6 months limiting activity for more than 2 days.


The amount and rate of inversion in the four conditions were digitized and analyzed.


The combination of spatting and taping was the most effective in reducing inversion rate and range of motion before and after exercise.


All three taping treatments were effective in reducing the amount and rate of inversion. Exercise loosened the tape, but there may be a functional restriction of the amount and rate of inversion after exercise.

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