Can shoes really make you a better athlete?
For 2050 dollars Nike claims these shoes
can make you 4％ faster
Yeah, I was skeptical, too
For years, sneaker companies have been marketing
shoes they claim that can make you be like Mike,
known like Bo
and I’m still confused about the purpose of the Reebox with the pumps.
– Time out!
Gotta get pumped (pumping sound)
I’m talking to researchers, a sports therapist,
and doing an experiment of my own to see
if shoes can truly improve your performance
and to see if any shoe is worth that kind of cash.
Generally speaking, sneakers are make up of three components
The upper, the midsole and the bottom.
They’re designed to cater to the load they will endure,
so sneaker makers sometimes experiment with grip strength, cushioning
and a lot of other things to ensure better performance
depending on what sport the shoes are designed for.
So basically you have an upper or
the cloth part that wraps around your foot
and you have a lower or a sole
that is made up of an insole which is the removable insert typically that you have in your shoe,
the midsole which is where all the structure and cushion come
and the outsole which is what makes contact with the ground.
Originally released in 2017, Nike claims their shoe
Zoom Vaporfly 4% uses
Zoom Vaporfly 4%使用了
what they call responsive cushioning
can ensure more efficient running.
The shoe has a carbon plate extending from your heel to your toes
that stores and releases energy with every stride
to propel you forward.
This in theory can shave 6 minutes off a 3-hour marathon
or about 8 minutes off of a 4-hour marathon,
which equates 4% speed improvement over other Nike shoes.
Hence the name.
While Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% sounds groundbreaking,
耐克的Zoom Vaporfly 4％听起来很有突破性
it’s far from an original concept.
Both Reebok and Adidas have released spring loaded running shoes
that use added polycarbonate or rubber
to help you run faster or more efficiently.
Inspired by all-terrain vehicles,
Reebok’s ATV+19 promised stability
through mud, snow, sand and grass.
在泥地 雪地 沙地和草地的稳定性
And geared toward the casual runner.
the Adidas Springblade used 16 blades of polymer
that act like springs to give you added propulsion
every time your shoe hits the ground.
Here’s a fun fact:
At one point, sneaker innovation got so crazy.
that the NBA had to ban a pair of kicks.
APL’s Concept Ones were banned just before the 2010-2011 season
because they used forefoot compression technology
which its creators says can give players
an additional vertical leaps of 3.5 inches.
Eventually the Concept Ones were allowed back to the league
but its creators say it could still be banned
from competitive play in some schools
and some professional leagues.
Although Nike’s claims for this sneaker might be outlandish,
there is some truth behind’em
An independent New York Times analysis
used public records to compare more than
500,000 marathon and half marathon running times.
The analysis found runners in Vaporflys
ran 3-4% faster than runner’s wearing any other shoe
and more than one percent faster than the next fastest running shoe.
Since I have trust issues,
I wanted some more proof.
So we visited
New York Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy clinic,
a state of the art outpatient clinic that specializes
in gait analysis to run some tests.
Basketball, baseball and football all require hand movements that
are not affected by your sneakers.
So we strictly focused on running to see the correlation between footwear
and athletic performance.
Gait analyse is the study of human motion during running or walking.
It checks kinetic,which are forces exhibited during running.
It checks kinematics, which are joint angles.
We can also check muscles, what muscles do?
We can check pressure. We can also check your form
and your neuromuscular control.
With markers placed on my feet, knees,hips and chest.
通过安置在我脚上 膝盖 臀部和胸部的标记
I walked, ran and jogged
当我走 快跑 慢跑时
while a computer tracked my motions.
We tested two shoes
a New Balance designed for running,
and some Chuck Taylors
which are pretty much some average shoes.
By the way, athleticism,
not one of my strong point.
Results showed that while running in the New Balance sneaker,
my feet experienced less pressure
possibly due to cushioning.
I also had more gait line stability
but while this would provide me more comfort in a race,
It didn’t really improve my running abilities.
I see the same poor kinematics, excessive hip abduction, pelvic drop,
truck instability, crossover everything I saw before.
躯干不稳定性 交叉 跟之前见到的一样
nothing really changed,
and nor can it change with any kind of different shoe.
While this might sound like a trivial issue,
a lot of studies have been done on this subject.
To improve performance, some advocate for stiffer bottoms
while others call for lighter shoes.
But researchers are pretty split.
The truth is everyone’s foot structure and function is different,
so no one solution is going to be right for everyone.
It goes without saying
that if you want superior athletic ability along with shoes,
practice makes perfect.
Shoes can vary in price depending on the research and development behind’em.
Then there are also some that use superior, higher cost materials.
What we found is comfort is probably the most important thing,
so if you’re comfortable in the shoe and you feel good in the shoe
and you have confidence in that shoe,
you’re gonna perform better.
If you want to buy shoes to improve your performance,
don’t base your decisions on the price tag, brand,
or celebrity endorsements.
Just make sure they have the right fit and feel
and you’ll be set to cross the finish line.
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