Optimising the spring in your step to enhance footwear design-via UQ

  • Brown, Nick (CI)
  • Kelly, Luke (CoI)
  • Farris, Dominic (CoI)
  • Creswell, Andrew (CoI)
  • Lichtwark, Glen (CoI)

Project: Other

Description

SummaryThe proposed research will explore how the nervous system controls the function of the foot to meet the ever-varying 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
Short titleFoot Spring
StatusActive
Effective start/end date6/06/175/06/20