Shoes are a big part of style nowadays but style is not the most important thing in a shoe let me tell you why… In this article, I will be explaining the importance of proper footwear and how you as an athlete can benefit from it.
What Is The Meaning Of Proper Footwear
Proper footwear is not all about the style or trends; it’s about protecting your ankles and feet so you can perform at your highest level without having to worry about injuries.
The benefit of having the proper footwear is that it can better prevent foot and ankle damage rather than not wearing proper footwear.
It also allows you to be more comfortable working out by lessening the impact and cushioning your feet from heavy landings. It can reduce stress levels knowing that your ankles and feet are protected.
Choosing specific shoes that pertain to the sport you play can improve your performance, for example: quick direction changes.
The Cons Of Not Wearing Proper Footwear
When playing the sport you love, you never want to worry about injuries and feel stressed about what may happen, but wearing improper footwear can cause numerous injuries and significant discomfort. By wearing improper footwear, you are putting yourself at risk.
My high school basketball team was sponsored by a well-known brand “Under Armor” but they are not necessarily good at making safe basketball shoes. I’m not saying all of their shoes are bad, I just prefer other brands of shoes to wear for basketball like “Nike” because they are more comfortable and supportive. In the sponsorship “Under Armor” they sent everyone on the team a pair of their shoes to wear throughout the season.
My first practice playing in them, I noticed that they hurt the bottom of my feet very badly and had very little cushion and support for my ankles, and I was not feeling safe wearing them. I told my coach they were hurting, so he allowed me to change into the proper shoes.
When you pick out shoes, make sure you have an idea of how supportive the sneaker will be. Be sure to look at the midsole as this is where most of the support and cushioning will appear to ensure that this part of the shoe is thick, strong, and supportive. You also want to be sure your toes have enough room in the sneaker. Some athletes, mostly runners, will advise having a thumb’s worth of space between your big toe and front of the shoe. This is because feet tend to swell and get bigger throughout the day, especially if exercise is involved.
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