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January 2009

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SOCCER BOOT (part one)
 

Jan 16/09
There is a saying out there that states, 'If the shoe fits, wear it'.
Kevin Duguay
However, this is not always necessarily true. For a soccer player, the shoe is essentially an extension of the foot and can have a tremendous effect on your performance as player.
A poorly selected shoe can literally cause injuries to the musculoskeletal system of the athlete. Due to the fact that the foot is the first point of contact when we are running or walking, if the foundation of the body is in a compromised position, your ability to play or train at your optimal level will be affected.
When working with athletes, a large part of my job description is in the area of injury prevention. Instead of waiting for the athlete to show up with a problem or injury, why not try and prevent these injuries from happening by helping them to correct what is in a weakened or compromised position?
This is why this article is a must read for the elite soccer player.
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here are a lot of factors that go into selecting a shoe and we must pay close attention to these components if we are looking to optimize our potential as a player.

When choosing the right shoe, we need to look at the following factors:
1. What type of foot (arch) do you have?
2. What size is your foot?
3. What type of surface are you playing on?
4. What should be the sole design or stud pattern?
5. How is the shoe made?
6. How much can you afford to spend?
7. Where should I buy my shoes?


part two | part three | part four