Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Introducing Nike Flyprint

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Makeshift shoes make the Winter Olympics

Tyler George (US) is a curler at the Pyeongchang Olympics. He likes his Skechers and has worn them for eight years at will not change them even for the Winter Olympics. Tyler initially intended them for casual wear but found them so comfortable he put Teflon plates on the soles to wear for curling. Now the well worn shoes fit like the proverbial glove and are ideal for curling. The much loved shoes were going to be patched up for the games but Tyler declined and instead had up graded his sporting socks featuring superheroes. In curling it is common for paprticipant to stick to shoes they trust and will like Tyler wear them literally iuntil they fall apart.

Ander Mirambell is a Spanish skeleton racer who has competed since 2005. The former track and field athlete initially wanted to try his hand at bobsleigh, but was unable to fund the costs and so turned his attentions to another sliding sport at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF). After renting his a sled and buying a helmet, he did not have enough money to buy the specialised shoes required for the push off. Not wanting to be put off he took a cheese grater and fine sandpaper to his old running spikes, to create his own prototype push off shoes. Despite coming under severe scrutiny at the IBSF, he was eventually given a pair of second-hand shoes in which to train.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Athletes wear what is comfortable and not always what is good for them

Retired Professor, Dr. Benno Nigg and founder of Human Performance Lab, surprised many after years of researching shoes, shoe inserts (foot orthoses) and injuries, his overall conclusion was shoe inserts may be helpful as a short-term solution, preventing injuries in some athletes, but it is not clear how to make inserts that correct mechanical-alignment problems. such as shin splints, knee and foot pain. The acknowledged expert found, ‘increasingly expensive accessories make almost no difference to running injury rates.’

All this at a time when the foot orthotic industry has become a billion-dollar industry. The author concluded those who prescribe foot orthoses cannot yet predict clinical outcomes. The biomechanist believes whilst there is a correlation between what an individual finds comfortable and the insock’s ability to prevent or alleviate patho-mechanical problems, in some cases he qualifies this by suggesting runners purchase shoes and accessories that make them feels good (regardless of any efficacious outcome).

Discerning consumers should not be dazzled, he cautions by high-tech claims shoes will complement their gait. Despite the exponential development of foot orthotic industry in the last thirty years, the frequency of running injury has not significantly changed. He concurs research supports the biggest predictor of injury is intensity and not, the shoes the athlete chooses to wear

More Reading
Kolata G @011) Close Look at Orthotics Raises a Welter of Doubts New York Times, January 17, 2011