SHOCK ABSORPTION CHARACTERISTICS OF FOOTWEAR WORN BY AEROBIC INSTRUCTORS

  • M. Davis
  • R. Bahamonde
  • D. Grosss
Keywords: aerobic shoes, shock, absorption, injuries

Abstract

Aerobic exercise is one of the most popular forms of cardiovascular exercise among women. Numerous studies have documented the high incident of lower extremity injury among aerobics instructors. Factors contributing to the high incidence of injuries include, type of floor, overuse, falls and shoes. Aerobic instructors have identified their shoes as the second possible cause of injuries (Davis and Bahamonde, 2000). Eleven aerobic instructors were given two popular brand name of aerobic shoes. The shock absorption of the shoes were tested after a determined number of hours of use. Tests were done at heel and toe box and with and without the insole.