Emily Splichal Footwear – Footwear for Performance – Newest Athletic Footwear
In this lecture, podiatrist Emily Splichal discusses footwear for performance, the most current footwear science, and the shoe needs of different sports. She also covers orthotics, minimalist shoes and other footwear topics.
“It’s not the shoe that’s absorbing the shock. Dr. Nigg’s research dispelled this myth and showed that impact forces increase as more cushioning is put in shoes. A little counterintuitive, yes, but also true. Similar studies looked at the level of impact forces of gymnasts—how hard they would land. When a gymnast would land on a softer mat as opposed to a harder mat, the impact forces increased. The same concept applies to shoes. Put more cushioning in shoes, like they did in the 1970s, and we will see an increase in impact forces.
“Here’s how it happens: That cushion bottoms out and increases the contact time with the ground. We know it is the amount of contact time that increases the risk of injury. When we work with athletes, our goal is to get them off of the ground as fast as we can. Cushioning the shoes is going to bell out that force curve and will increase the contact time.” ~Emily Splichal
• Purpose of Footwear (6:55)
• Running (16:05)
• Minimalist Shoes (22:40)
• Crossfit (31:30)
• Fitness and Toning – Rockers (38:45)
• Orthotics (46:00)
• Conclusion (54:00)
Emily Splichal is a podiatric doctor and movement specialist who works primarily with foot posture and foot strength, both clinically and in teaching workshops worldwide. She’s a barefoot training enthusiast, and teaches classes and trainings in barefoot training and postural alignment. For more from Emily, visit her at evidencebasedfitnessacademy.com.