Netball season is in full swing and irrelevant to the level of netball you play, shoes can either hinder or enhance performance and the right shoe can reduce your risk of injuries.
NETBALL Vs. TRADITIONAL RUNNERS
Netball is a high impact sport that often requires short sharp bursts of agile movements. Whilst running shoes are soft and cushioned, they lack the ability to control side to side movement and pose a risk of lower limb injuries as they best work for forwards-backwards motion.
The thick rubber sole found on runners reduces the ability to change direction quickly and is not as durable and the sole found on netball shoes that is designed to withstand high levels of abrasion.
The outsole of Netball shoes is wrapped and securely attached with stitching on the front of the shoe to reduce drag which favours multidirectional movements. This compares to a running shoe that would tear away from the upper and wear down rapidly.
Ever wondered why there were so many different options? That is because of the different features available that suit a different foot. If one shoe were to have all the features available, it would be as heavy as a work boot. It is important to know what you need, and which shoe offers those features.
Asics Netburner – Offers both adequate support and cushioning through the gel pockets. Features a higher heel pitch for those prone to Achilles tendon loading.
Asics Academy – An entry level neutral shoe option. Has a highly durable outsole desirable for those who exhibit a lot of changes in direction.
Asics Netburner Professional – Designed inspired by a standard running shoe, it is often lighter whilst still having similar support features with rear and fore foot gel cushioning. Great for netballers who cover larger areas on court. Also, features a bunion accommodation window.
Asics Netburner Ballistic – a great option for individuals with ankle instability due to the deep heel cup reinforcing lateral stability and arch support.
Determining which shoe is suited for your foot and requirements can be a challenge, your podiatrist can assess you and help you make the best decision for the upcoming season.