Smart shoes could prevent injuries

Researchers have created a new device that can track your location, heart beat and your running style to predict future injuries and provide advice to improve your performance.

Hardly any sport is as popular as jogging, millions worldwide train regularly. Running is a way to reduce stress, lose excess fat, and improve endurance. It also stabilises the immune system, prevents cardiovascular disease, and builds muscle. However, despite its numerous positive effects, jogging is a desirable sport with undesirable side effects, runners run risks of twisting or injuring an ankle joint, especially on uneven ground or when fatigued.

Pulled ligaments or even a broken ankle can result. If muscles are not warmed up or a person overestimates their condition, training is often interrupted due to knee pain and pulled or torn muscles. To prevent these kinds of injuries and symptoms of muscle overload during training, researchers from El Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV) and the Spanish shoe company KELME have designed a prototype running shoe.

Sensors and microelectronics integrated into the sole of the shoe will measure the biomechanical data of the athlete and evaluate the runner's form with the help of measurements in real time.

Pulse-rate watches and chest straps record only vital signs like breathing and heart rate. In contrast, our running shoe medically evaluates and monitors training while jogging.

It informs the runner for example of incorrect foot position, asymmetric loading, or warns of exhaustion or overload. There has never been acomparable device before.

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