Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The Preston: Safety firstspring shoes
Professor Jim Richards is a biomechanical engineer at the School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors at the University of Central Lancashire. He and his team have developed a new sports shoe called The Preston (named after the town where the shoes were developed). The running shoe contains approximately 20 tiny galvanised steel matress -like springs (or e Spring) in the sole. The springs are also fitted with a damper similar to car suspension. Tests indicate load bearing to the foot is reduced by approximately 10% with each step thereby reducing peak shock from passing up the body. The Prestons were developed to help prevent repetative (overuse) injuries in recreational runners. The prototype shoes are currently exhibited at the Royal Academy’s Summer Science Exhibition. There are also plans to make the Preston commercially available though Intersport later this year.