The effect of prophylactic ankle braces on postural sway

Hellyer, David (2003) The effect of prophylactic ankle braces on postural sway. Coursework Master thesis, Victoria University.


Ankle braces are commonly used in an attempt to decrease the risk of injury during sport. Despite the widespread use of ankle braces, their efficacy of use for uninjured ankles is questionable. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a prophylactic ankle brace on postural sway, in the ankle of a previously uninjured athlete. Twenty healthy individuals aged between 20 and 27 years, who were currently involved in a sporting activity, participated in this study. Participant's single leg postural sway was evaluated on both legs, via three trials of 10 seconds each. Results indicated that ankle bracing had a small effect on the postural sway patterns in the healthy ankle. Further research is necessary to ascertain the role of bracing the uninjured ankle to improve ankle stabilisation and prevent injury. This minor thesis was written by a post-graduate student as part of the requirements of the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) program.

Item type Thesis (Coursework Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Keywords Osteopathy Masters Project, ankle stability, ankle brace, postural sway, osteopathic treatment
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