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January 2009

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SOCCER BOOT (part three)
 

Jan 16/09
There is a saying out there that states, 'If the shoe fits, wear it'.
cleats
3. What type of surface are you playing on?
4. What should be sole design or stud pattern?

For the soccer player, technology is playing a greater role in simplifying your shoe selection. There are still some of us that would prefer to own two different styles of cleats. That is the conventional 'multi' and 'six stud'. The 'multi' cleat is the shoe that is ideally designed for the harder style of pitch or playing surface in order to optimize traction, and the 'six stud' performs the same type of task for the softer grass fields and fields that are very wet. The benefit of these 'six stud' cleats is that you have the ability to adjust the height of the cleats.

Some of the newer cleats such as the Adidas F50.9 TUNIT and the Nike Mercurial Vapor IV FG have the availability to interchange cleats to provide the ultimate in fit, grip and performance for the selective soccer player. With the newer technology, there are changes to the shoe that have been designed to improve control and function. One of these changes is an innovative lace cover that helps to improve fit and increased kicking area for the shoe.

5. How is the shoe made?

Over the years, synthetic materials have made major inroads in to all the areas of the soccer world from uniforms, shin pads, soccer balls and the shoe. These types of materials have given the shoe companies all sorts of options for providing stability, control and light weight construction. In fact, some of the top end shoes weigh in at a mere 11 oz! What a difference from days gone by! I have enclosed the link below to an excellent article from the American Academy of Podiatric Sport Medicine located at www.aapsm.org/cleatselection.html.
This article does a wonderful service in educating the soccer player as to what they are buying and what they should be looking for in the shoes that they are contemplating purchasing.
What I have learned over the years with educating my patients in the area of sports is that, 'Knowledge is the key'. The more you know about your body and how it works, you can then effect positive changes to improve your performance.


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