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Table 1 Comparison of demographic and baseline characteristics between groups

From: Effects of soft bracing or taping on a lateral ankle sprain: a non-randomised controlled trial evaluating recurrence rates and residual symptoms at one year

  Soft bracing N = 77 Taping N = 80 P-value
Mean age in years (SD) 30.7 (11.3) 31.4 (12.0) 0.708
Time from injury to start of treatment, mean in days (SD) 6.1 (2.3) 5.8 (2.0) 0.467
Gender, male, n (%) 41 (53.2) 47 (58.8) 0.487
Sports participants1, n (%) 66 (85.7) 66 (83.3) 0.582
Injury severity2    0.110
- Mild, n (%) 28 (36.4) 17 (21.3)  
- Moderate, n (%) 38 (49.4) 48 (60.0)  
- Severe, n (%) 11 (14.3) 15 (18.8)  
Previous sprains of the injured ankle    0.178
- Yes, n (%) 34 (44.2) 24 (30.0)  
- No, n (%) 32 (41.6) 43 (53.8)  
- Unknown, n (%) 11 (14.3) 13 (16.3)  
  1. SD, Standard Deviation.
  2. 1 Participating in sports in the week prior to the occurrence of the initial injury.
  3. 2 For a detailed explanation of Injury severity, see Appendix A .