Heelless running shoe is put through European paces

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A NEW concept in running shoes developed in conjunction with researchers at Staffordshire University has been put through its paces in Europe.

The two year project culminated with an exercise to determine how the shoes performed under marathon conditions – and the story was covered by a Dutch television station as well as in the national papers.

A NEW concept in running shoes developed in conjunction with researchers at Staffordshire University has been put through its paces in Europe.

Staffordshire University was a key partner in the European funded project to design and develop a heelless running shoe and to investigate the effect of such a shoe on running.

The University helped to secure developmental funding after working with chartered physiotherapist Adri Hartveld and his Stoke-on-Trent company Healus Technology who prototyped the concept.

Professor of Clinical Biomechanics, Nachi Chockalingam said: “Staffordshire University led the mathematical and experimental modelling of the shoe which has sparked a lot of interest in Europe.

“The two year project culminated with an exercise to determine how the shoes performed under marathon conditions – and the story was covered by a Dutch television station as well as in the national papers.”

“This is a prime example of how Universities can work with business to develop and test products which may have applications in our daily lives.”

Staffordshire University will now be moving to the next stage and testing the heelless running shoe out with women.

Keen to establish itself as a leader in the field of running research, Staffordshire University is also looking for runners to volunteer to take part in a number of other research projects.

Professor Chocalingam added: “We are looking to develop some base-line research in running and running styles and we would like willing participants to contact us by emailing runningresearch(at)staffs(dot)ac(dot)uk.”

Staffordshire University offers a number of postgraduate courses in Clinical Biomechanics which are delivered by practicing clinicians in fully equipped laboratories using the latest technology.

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