Lateral stability in sideward cutting movements

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Sideward cutting movements occur frequently in sports activities, such as basketball, soccer, and tennis. These activities show a high incidence of injuries to the lateral aspect of the ankle. Consequently, the lateral stability of sport shoes seems important. The purpose of this study was to show the effect of different shoe sole properties (hardness, thickness, torsional stiffness) and designs on the lateral stability during sideward cutting movements. A film analysis was conducted including 12 subjects performing a cutting movement barefoot and with five different pairs of shoes each filmed in the frontal plane. A standard film analysis was conducted; for the statistical analysis, various parameters such as the range of motion in inversion and the angular velocity of the rearfoot were used. The results showed a large difference between the barefoot and shod conditions with respect to the lateral stability. Two shoes performed significantly better(P < 0.05) than the others with a decreased inversion movement and less slipping inside the shoe. The two shoes differed mainly in the shoe sole design (hollow inner core) and the upper (high-cut). It is concluded that lateral stability may be improved by altering the properties and design of the shoe sole as well as the upper.

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