A critical appraisal of "The effect of Kinesiotape on dynamic balance following muscle fatigue in individuals with chronic ankle instability"




Zink, Dustin

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Lateral ankle sprains are highly prevalent among athletes and active people. Furthermore, individuals that sprain their ankles are likely to have a recurrent ankle sprain, potentially producing a state of chronic ankle instability (CAI). Kinesiotape (KTape) is a fairly common intervention for joint stabilization as it has been thought that KTape provides proprioceptive feedback that can increase muscle activity which can increase dynamic postural stability. It is important to determine if KTape is an effective intervention at the ankle joint to provide meaningful benefit to patients/clients in the way of more joint stability and increased balance and stability. Kodesh and Dars' methods of the experimental design and outcome measures demonstrates that KTape is an ineffective intervention technique for joint stabilization for the ankle in populations with chronic ankle instability.