Lots of athletes tape their ankles for added stability, but does this practice take anything away from your game? A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research analyzed the jumping ability of a dozen healthy young men under taped and untaped conditions.
Using a force plate to measure jump power, subjects performed squat jumps, countermovement jumps and vertical jumps with no arm swinging. Taped ankles reduced jump height and impaired countermovement jump performance. That's because taping inhibited the ability to rapidly develop ground takeoff force. For a training routine that helps develop lower body power, read today's Breaking News at optimumnutrition.com