Grip socks improve slalom course performance and reduce in-shoe foot displacement of the forefoot in male and female sports players

Apps, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-7354-0003, Dawson, L. ORCID: 0000-0003-4884-7748, Shering, B. and Siegkas, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-9528-2247, 2022. Grip socks improve slalom course performance and reduce in-shoe foot displacement of the forefoot in male and female sports players. Journal of Sports Sciences. ISSN 0264-0414

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Abstract

This study assessed whether grip socks reduce in-shoe foot motion and improve change of direction performance in team sports players and compared the effects between males and females. A sledge and pulley system confirmed the static coefficient of friction was increased in the grip socks (1.17) compared to the regular socks (0.60). Performance during a slalom course was faster in the grip socks compared to regular socks (p = .001). Yet, there was no difference in the utilised coefficient of friction between the shoe-floor interface during a side-cut and turn change of direction manoeuvre. Three-dimensional motion capture revealed the grip socks reduced in-shoe foot displacement during the braking phase, with greater effect during the sharper turn manoeuvre. The magnitude of natural foot spreading within the shoe was greater in the calcaneus region than the metatarsals which suggests in-shoe sliding may only occur at the forefoot. Males tended to have increased in-shoe displacement, which is associated with larger foot spreading due to their increased mass. Findings provide guidance for product developers to enhance the support inside the shoe at the forefoot, and change of direction performance.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Sports Sciences
Creators: Apps, C., Dawson, L., Shering, B. and Siegkas, P.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 1 June 2022
ISSN: 0264-0414
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10.1080/02640414.2022.2080163DOI
1551396Other
Rights: © 2022 the author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 06 Jun 2022 15:00
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 15:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46402

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