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The vulnerability of the ankle has long been known to athletes and trainers, and protective bandaging is commonly practiced. The usual wrapping consists of turns taken in a "figure 8" fashion around the malleoli and foot, crossing at the anterior aspect of the astragalus. When critically examined, this bandage really accomplishes little; neither lateral nor anteroposterior motion is greatly limited, and little protection is afforded against sprain or fracture.
For the past fifteen years at Harvard College every student who participates in contact sport has been taught a method of wrapping the ankle which considerably limits lateral motion without interfering appreciably with flexion or extension. During this period, not one player wearing this wrapping has suffered a complete rupture of an ankle ligament. When sprains do occur they are minor, and the average period of disability, before return to full athletic participation, has been only eight days.
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QUIGLEY TB, COX J, MURPHY J. A PROTECTIVE WRAPPING FOR THE ANKLE. JAMA. 1946;132(15):924. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870500030007