The role of footwear in minimizing lower limb injury

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Title translated into German:Die Bedeutung der Schuhe fuer die Verletzungsprophylaxe der unteren Extremitaet
Author:Barnes, R.A.; Smith, P.D.
Published in:Journal of sports sciences
Published:12 (1994), 4 , S. 341-353, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Print resource
ISSN:0264-0414, 1466-447X
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Identification number:PU199509076718


The shoe can be thought of as a powerful tool for controlling human movement. A well-designed shoe can assist in reducing the number of lower limb injuries arising from sport and training activities. The purpose of this paper is to present a summary of the main thrusts in this field by means of current thinking and practice. The paper initially presents a survey of work in the biomechanical field with particular reference to the design of footwear. A review of the types of injury acquired by sportsmen in both training and playing is then followed by a discussion of aspects of footwear design and their role in both contributing to and preventing lower limb injury. Finally, the paper considers support and shock absorption techniques in the context of footwear design. Verf.-Referat (gekuerzt)