Sports Injury Prevention & Choosing the Correct Footwear

We all know the importance of taking care of our bodies when we exercise. You warm up thoroughly and give your body the nourishment it needs to progress. However, could you be negatively affecting your workouts with your wardrobe choices?

It is one of the most common misconceptions in fitness that you can get by using one pair of shoes for every exercise style. Wearing the incorrect footwear will not only hamper your performance but also put you at risk of injury.

Even the most expensive sports footwear can’t do it all. It’s like buying a designer baseball cap and expecting it to keep your head warm when you’re skiing. Here are the guidelines you should follow to choose the best shoes for success:

Running Shoes

Running shoes are often the first that you’ll see when you walk into a sports retailer. These shoes should allow flexibility as you move forward. This will ensure your foot is moving at its optimum angle to push your body forwards.

They are not suitable for any other sports, as they are only designed for forward movement, not shifting from side to side.

Tennis Shoes

Unlike running shoes, these shoes are designed for movement from side to side. In particular, the toes in tennis shoes are designed for the frequent and sudden stops and starts your body goes through in each game or practice.

You will find increased stability and comfort when you wear the correct shoes, and they are suitable for most court based sports.

Aerobics Trainers

If you enjoy classes or circuit based exercises, you’ll benefit from aerobics trainers. One of the key benefits of these shoes is the support and shock absorption they provide. This will lessen the impact of your exercising on your joints.

So you’ll be able to push yourself harder knowing you’ll be aching less and your risk of long-term injury is reduced.

Weightlifting Shoes

Weightlifting shoes will make a big difference to your performance and long-term potential. The ideal weightlifting shoes should have minimal cushioning, allowing you to create as much force as you can when lifting.

In addition, they should have a slight heel, up to around one inch, which will allow you to squat deeper. However, for powerlifters, a flat shoe is preferable to increase your force.

Football Boots

Field-based sports such as football or baseball require cleated, studded or spiked boots. Many of these are interchangeable to the sole of the boot. This gives you much more stability and power when moving on a grass pitch. It allows you to stop more efficiently and run with increased confidence.

Remember: Don’t Wear Your Exercise Footwear Outside of Your Workouts

No matter how stylish they may be, wearing your trainers or sports shoes when you aren’t exercising will just wear them out quicker and reduce their functional benefits.

In footwear like studded boots, the detrimental effect is obvious – you’ll damage the solid floor around you and wear down your studs or cleats. In other footwear, you’ll reduce the shock absorbing function as well as flattening out the cushioned elements in the shoe.

Pay attention to your footwear and replace them whenever necessary. Look after your shoes and they’ll take you far!

Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you’re concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.

Chris Appleton

Chris Appleton

Writer and expert

Chris is an editor and a level 3 qualified Personal Trainer, with a BA honours degree in Sports Coaching and Development, and a level 3 qualification in Sports Nutrition. He has experience providing fitness classes and programs for beginners and advanced levels of clients and sports athletes. Chris is also a qualified football coach, delivering high-level goalkeeping and fitness training at a semi-professional level, with nutritional advice to help maintain optimal performance. His experience in the sports and fitness industry spans 15 years and is continuously looking to improve. In his spare time, Chris likes to dedicate it to his family while training in the gym.

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