Perpetua: The UAH Journal of Undergraduate Research


College of Education




PURPOSE: To test the effects of ankle bracing (rigid and semi-rigid) on performance in collegiate volleyball players. METHODS: Thirteen female division II collegiate volleyball players (height = 179.95cm ± 3.42; weight = 72.26 ± 6.01kg) were randomly assigned to a bracing condition (rigid, semirigid, no brace) and completed 3 different performance assessment skills. The T2 Active Ankle brace (Akron, OH) was used for the rigid brace and an AS1 Pro laceup (Akron, OH) was used as the semi-rigid brace. Each participant performed a lower body power test, straight line speed test, and lateral movement speed test on three separate occasions. Lower body power was measured using a vertical jump test. Straight line speed was measured using a 20-yard sprint. Lateral movement speed was measured using a four-corner agility drill. RESULTS: There was no significant difference (p <.05) between bracing condition for vertical jump height, straight-line speed, or lateral movement speed. CONCLUSIONS: Implementation of bracing (either rigid or semi-rigid) as a preventative measure does not significantly affect performance in collegiate volleyball athletes.



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