Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New Running Shoe To Cut Injuries

Researchers have developed new athletic shoes that can detect a jogger's running form and technique and can warn them of exhaustion or overload to prevent injuries like pulled ligaments or torn muscles. 
Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute of Photonic Miscrosystems IPMS, Germany, with five partners have developed a prototype of this high-tech running shoe.
Sensors and microelectronics were inserted in the sole of the shoe to measure the biomechanical data of the athlete and evaluate the runner's form.
"Pulse-rate watches and chest straps record only viral signs like breathing and heart rate. In contrast, our running shoe medical evaluates and monitors training while jogging," said. Dr. Andreas Heinig, a scientist at IPMS.
"It informs the runner for example of incorrect foot position, asymmetric loading, or warns of exhaustion or overload. There has never been a comparable device before," Heinig said. 
The measurement system is something that can be removed and replaced from the soles of the shoes. The system is charged by placing the shoes on a charger. 
This new system also includes accelerometers and GPS sensors that capture the biomechanical signals from the body as well as the runner's speed. All of this information is sent via Bluetooth to the runner's smartphone. 
The associated smartphone app takes the information and evaluates it in seconds with the help of algorithms and gives the runner feedback on training performance. The app can also give suggestions about running form or training routine. 
"The app could recommend running more slowly, for example, or rolling off the foot differently, suggest seeking a different running surface if necessary," Heinig said.
This shoe is expected to be available to consumers at the beginning of 2015.
Reference: Financial Express
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