Tape or Brace Ankle Injuries in Basketball Players Video

Sports Injury Forum -Michael DeFranco MD | Guest - Brian Cole, MD, MBA. Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist. Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Team Physician for the Chicago Bulls NBA Basketball Team
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Tape or Brace Ankle Injuries in Basketball Players Interviewer: Ankle sprains as you mentioned were the most common injuries and you were talking a little bit about shoe wear but in terms of ankle sprains, the recommendation that you make the players to prevent that injury, what are your recommendations about taping versus ankle braces versus specific types of training programs? Interviewee: Not everyone has access to being taped but in the NBA, I will tell you, I think it is a critical component of injury prevention. So, these players are typically taped before the game and that many of them if they have any history of ankle problems you can re-tape it half time. But really, I would say the mainstay is rehabilitation which is to strengthen the muscles behind the calf and on the outer and the inner side of the ankle to prevent sprains, any inversion or rotational type injuries you can have at the level of the foot. So, I would say that rehab is incredibly important, a rehab that is actually maintained, not just reactive but proactive where these guys maintain a regular rehab program just like they would for the knees. Prevent ACL, they do it for the ankle. But I do believe in taping and certainly, a shoe wear could make a difference but I am not sure high top shoes necessarily make a profound difference. We’re not really familiar with the—they have a test that’s a designative solution. I do believe the rehab is critical in an ongoing basis. I do believe at least in the NBA, taping has made a difference on these guys. Bracing could be a little bit proper medic because they don’t know how to tolerate the braces. I don’t think they can get same level of rigidity or brace compared to taping.

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