A COMPUTATIONAL MODEL TO INVESTIGATE SHOE AND SHOE-SURFACE INTERFACE EFFECTS ON ANKLE LIGAMENT STRAINS DURING A SIMULATED SIDESTEP CUTTING TASK

  • F. WEI
  • J. Powell
  • R. Haut
Keywords: ligament, ankle injury, foot constraint, shoe-surface interface, model

Abstract

Ankle sprains account for 10% to 15% of reported sports injuries. High ankle sprains are currently thought due to torsional loads and potentially debilitating to the athlete. In the current study a computational model was developed to investigate the human response in shoes on different athletic playing surfaces during a simulated sidestep cutting task. Ankle ligament strains were obtained from the model to help predict ankle injury. The model may provide a computational basis for studying shoes and shoe-surface interfaces that can be used to help optimize player performance and minimize injury risk.