Saturday, June 12, 2010
Studs are safer than cleats? New research
Researchers at University of Dundee found that the traditional stud was safer in a series of tests involving amateur players. According to the study, the traditional stud helps to distribute the pressure being placed on a footballer's feet while the cleats increase the loading on the front of the foot. Professor Rami Abboud , of the Institute of Motion Analysis and Research, said the study of the differing pressures placed on the foot found that bladed boots were "relatively more harmful" due to the unnatural increased loading under the lateral half of the foot. The study was based on a series of tests conducted with 29 players from amateur football teams who were recruited to try out the different styles of boot. The research team measured the pressure placed on the feet in both types of run. The boots worn were of the same design, only with different cleat patterns – one studded and one bladed. The research has been published in the latest edition of the journal Foot and Ankle Surgery.