Modified Shuttle Run Study of Three Different Cross-Training Shoes
Manske, Matia K.
James, Shaun D.
Klatt, Travis D.
Bumgarner, Michael R.
Fechner, Robert J.
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Background: Shuttle run-type exercises are used frequently in strength training programs. It is a movement that combines agility, strength and explosive movements as the person hops diagonally from point to point. The training shoes being worn by the participant can have a huge impact on performance and accuracy (the ability to hit each point). Purpose: This study examines comfort and stability of training shoes and their respective roles in performance. Information gained from this study could help provide direction in selecting appropriate training shoes for training programs, specifically those involving lateral and diagonal movements.Hypothesis: We have hypothesized that shoes with a higher comfort and stability as rated by the participants will lead to greater accuracy in the shuttle run exercise. Methods: Subjects performed the shuttle run in each of 3 shoe models. Their performance was based on their accuracy for hitting predetermined target points on the floor. Following the trial, subjects then rated each shoe for comfort and stability. Univariate analyses of variance (ANOVA) was run on the data collected to test for significance of shoe comfort, stability, heart rate, total misses, heel contacts, total on target, and rate of perceived exertion. Results: Shoe model comfort and stability had no significant effect on any parameter. Conclusions: There was no significant difference between shoes. We therefore had to reject our original hypothesis that increased comfort and stability of a shoe would lead to increased accuracy and performance during shuttle run.
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