New Running Shoe Aimed to Prevent Lesions and Improve Training Management
ScienceDaily (Oct. 30, 2012) — From the 80 million European runners, more than 37 million have suffered a running injury during sport practice in the last year. The Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV) is working on the design of a new running shoe that integrates a measuring device that will provide training control and prevent injuries during running.
The device will consist of a microelectronic measurement system, capable of gathering and transmitting the athlete's main biomechanical parameters. The information will be wirelessly transmitted to the runner's mobile phone, where an application will inform him or her in real time about the planned activity and the performance achieved until that moment.
The mobile phone application can also integrate additional worthy information provided by other commercial devices currently used by runners such as heart rate monitors or GPS positioning provided by smartphones.
The runner will be able to download all the generated running information on a web portal that will include a management application. This web portal will generate personalized training plans based on the previous analysis of the runner's biomechanics, and also allow a follow up of training improvements and give the user recommendations in order to prevent injuries. Moreover, this web will include web 2.0. functionalities, allowing the user to be in contact with other runners worldwide and build and share running routes, footwear information, etc.