Effect of the Swede-O ankle brace on subtalar joint displacement in subjects with unstable ankles

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
David H. Perrin, Former Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This study examined the effect of the Swede-O ankle brace on talar tilt in subjects with unstable ankle joints. Six college-age females with talar tilts greater than 9.5° at 15 decaNewtons (daN) of force on a Telos stress test device participated in the study. Each subject was X-rayed at five levels of force (0, 6, 9, 12, and 15 daN), first with a bare ankle then wearing a Swede-O ankle brace. A two-factor (Brace x Force) analysis of variance revcaled a main effect for force, but no main effect for brace and no Brace x Force interaction. For the unbraced ankles, mean displacements were 8.2, 10.4, 11.9, and 13.1° at the four levels of force, respectively. After application of the bracc, the talar tilts were 5.7, 8.5, 11.1, and 12.8°, respectively. These findings suggest that the Swede-O ankle brace was not effective in reducing talar tilt in subjects with unstable ankles. Any efficacy of the brace may be due to other factors, such as proprioceptive feedback during inversion.

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Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 2: 261-267
Language: English
Date: 1993
Swede-O ankle brace, Talar tilt, Ankle

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