Air cushioned trainers may cause injury
- By: Siân Knight
Air cushioned trainers may increase the risk of injury to the ankle, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (2001;35:103-8). The report's authors observed over 10 000 amateur basketball players and concluded that those who wore shoes with air cells in the heel were 4.3 times more likely to injure an ankle than those who did not.
The air cells in the heels of air cuhioned trainers are thought to decrease the impact between the foot and the ground when the wearer takes part in high impact athletics. The study's authors are unsure why the wearers of these trainers have such an increased risk of injury while playing basketball, but speculate that the stability of the foot may be decreased by the air cells in the heel of the shoe. This would make it much more likely that players would suffer injury when landing from