There’s clearly much more to being an athletic trainer than taping ankles but apparently people enjoy taking pictures of ankle taping because there are a lot of them. It also seems that taping ankles is more enjoyable than one might suspect, as every image I’ve seen of this activity has a smiling trainer in it. Here’s one undated and unidentified:
And here’s one of Rice trainer Eddie Wojecki, who arrived on campus in 1942 and took care of Owl athletes until his death in 1967:
Wojecki was a big deal in the world of athletic trainers, one of the people who worked to make it a profession. There’s a Southwest Athletic Trainers Association award named in his honor–you can read about Wojecki and his contributions in this short biographical piece at their page.
Bonus: From a 1905 book, here’s the Gibney Method of taping ankles. It doesn’t look like what they’re doing above, but what do I know.