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Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

EFFECT OF USING ATHLETIC RIGID TAPE FOR FOOT REALIGNMENT ON BALANCE IN SELECTED SPORT’S ACTIVITIES

Abstract

Yasmin M. Othman*, Olfat A. Diab and Neveen A. Abdel Raoof

Background: In the world of sports, balance is essential in enhancing performance and reducing the risk of injuries. Basketball, being a dynamic as well as physically demanding sport, demands athletes to exhibit exceptional balance and stability. Various techniques and interventions have been explored to optimize balance and prevent injuries among basketball players. One such intervention is the use of anti-pronation taping, which aims to realign the foot and ankle

Purpose: The objective of this study was to examine the impact of using athletic rigid tape for foot realignment on balance in selected sport’s activities in pronated feet.

Materials and Methods: Forty-Two female basketball players aged from fifteen to thirty years were included in this study. The participants were allocated into two groups using a random assignment method; Rigid athletic tape was applied to one group and no taping was applied to the other group. Dynamic Postural Balance was assessed using Biodex Balance System before and after 2 weeks from participation for the two groups.

Results: There was improvement in both groups (Study and control groups) with significant improvement in study group (at P value < 0.05). Conclusion: Using athletic rigid taping for realignment can improve balance in pronated foot in basketball players. This may redirect the attention of sport’s rehabilitation specialists to include rigid taping to improve the performance of in sports including jumping as well as for prevention of injury

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