Taping Ankle Injuries vs. Wearing an Ankle Brace
Wearing an ankle brace has some benefits over taping an ankle. Taping is more time-consuming than putting on a brace and there’s greater room for error. If the ankle isn’t taped properly, it won’t offer enough support to reduce the risk of injury.
Once an athlete gets on the field, the ankle tape loosens up and doesn’t provide enough ankle support. According to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, athletic tape loses up to 40% of its support after only ten minutes of exercise.
Ankle braces are thicker and more rigid than athletic tape, which means more support for the ankle. Ankle braces also lose some of their support after exercise, but they can be easily readjusted, which takes less time than re-taping the ankle.
The cost of an ankle brace can vary greatly depending on the material, quality, and whether the device is custom or over the counter. This may sound like a larger investment, but it’s more cost-expedient when you consider how often an ankle has to be taped, and the overall costs of possible re-injury.