Are you wearing the right shoes for your sport?

We are right at the start of another winter sports season and it’s time to think what we can do to prevent those nasty injuries from interrupting your game. One of the easiest ways to minimize the risk of injury is to make sure you have the right footwear for the conditions. It is still summer and the ground is reasonably dry. Most people will think that this makes playing sport safer as it prevents slipping and falling. However, it might not always be the case. When the playing surface is too dry and hard it makes the foot stick harder to the ground. This is known as “shoe-surface friction”. As you know, many team sports such as rugby, soccer, league, netball, basketball and others, often require the athletes to suddenly change direction while running at a high speed. This is when your shoe’s ability to get unstuck from the ground becomes vitally important. Many knee injuries occur when a player makes a sudden directional change with a foot being fixed to the ground and not being able to be freed from the surface at the right time. This causes excessive torsional (or twisting) forces in the knee often resulting in severe ligament tears. Some of these knee ligament injuries can take months to rehab and may often require surgery. Choosing the right footwear design will help you reduce the risk of these injuries and avoid lengthy time off the field required for full rehabilitation. (more…)

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