Ankle sprains are one of the most common sporting injuries. Scientific literature suggests that runners with a laterally-deviated foot pressure pattern are more prone to ankle sprain injury.
This study uses recreational runners showing a laterally-deviated foot pressure. The aim is to train the runners’ biomechanics by giving electrical stimulation to the lateral shank muscles to bring a deviated foot pressure pattern back to the mid-line to reduce injury risk.
The ultimate aim is to develop a wearable device to train runners to land correctly with a neutral foot pressure pattern to avoid twisting at the ankle.
Institutions / organisations and researchers
- We have demonstrated that electrical stimulation on the lateral shank muscles can resist excessive ankle inversion in a biomechanics laboratory.
- An on-going PhD study is investigating its effect in correcting foot pressure during running.