Ankle Injuries & Athletic Training Coverage in Marching Band: A Critically Appraised Topic


Ankle Injuries & Athletic Training Coverage in Marching Band: A Critically Appraised Topic



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Christopher Clark, Kinesiology; Jennifer Savage, Kinesiology


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Context: In the activity of marching band, members perform various techniques that could put them at a higher risk of lower extremity injuries. The techniques that are taught places the talocrural joint in a position that increases the risk of ankle sprains and could progress into chronic conditions if left untreated. Athletic training medical coverage is limited for marching band activities and expanded access to these healthcare providers could be beneficial to all members participating. The purpose of this critically appraised topic is to demonstrate that lower extremity injuries are present in marching band and that athletic training techniques can be used to holistically manage these injuries.

Methods: A computerized search was conducted in October 2022. The search terms used were “marching band”, “marching band members”, “marching athletes”, “marching band injuries”, “musicians”, and “ankle sprain”. Electronic databases used were Jacksonville State University’s Library, SPORTDiscus, PubMed, Google Scholar, and Google searches. Inclusion criteria: Research regarding lower extremity injuries in the marching band setting and articles published in the English language. Exclusion criteria: Research article pertaining to musicians that are not in the marching band setting (pianist, organist, etc.). Validity of the selected studies was determined using The Physiotherapy Evidence Database scale and Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology scale. One author independently reviewed the studies, scored each paper, and reviewed the completed appraisals to come to a consensus on the study quality.

Results: The literature search retrieved 3,482 total articles and 3,479 were excluded based on the exclusion criteria, resulting in 2 studies and 1 informational text. Research shows that during the band camp period, various types of injuries and conditions are present in these activities. These injuries and conditions include lower extremity musculoskeletal injuries, dermatological issues, gastrointestinal distress, heat distress, trauma such as blisters, upper extremity musculoskeletal injuries, and other illnesses. Furthermore, lower extremity injuries consisted of 35% of all injuries during the band camp period. Therefore, a healthcare professional that specializes in treating musculoskeletal injuries at all levels could be beneficial to the activity.

Conclusion: Research demonstrates that ankle injuries are present in the marching band activity and athletic training medical coverage could be beneficial in managing and preventing injuries. Further research is warranted for the marching band population and the need for athletic trainers to manage the holistic care of injuries.


student research, kinesiology


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Ankle Injuries & Athletic Training Coverage in Marching Band: A Critically Appraised Topic