Optimising the spring in your step to enhance footwear design (2017–2020)

Abstract:
The proposed research will explore how the nervous system controls the function of the foot to meet the evervarying demands of locomotion in the real-world. Specifically, this research will examine how the nervous system adjusts the mechanical function of our feet across a spectrum of speeds, from slow running through to maximal effort sprinting. We will determine if running shoes help or hinder the natural spring-like function of the foot, while exploring a conceptually novel design allowing shoes to support our feet, whilst harnessing the energetic benefits of the foot's spring-like function. This research has the potential to revolutionise athletic footwear design and has direct implications for athletic performance in running athletes.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Researchers:
  • NHMRC Early Career Fellowship
    School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
    Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Associate Professor
    School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
    Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Head of School
    School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
    Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Funded by:
Australian Research Council