Put Your Best Feet Forward
Looking for the most advanced technology to improve your sports performance? You already own it. Now, take good care of it!
One of the best advertising slogans I have ever heard of is the Vibram’s Five Finger shoes slogan “You are the Technology”. These words are so true. No need for custom orthotics or the latest greatest shock absorbing athletic shoes. Let your feet do the job they were designed to do.
“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art” – Leonardo Da Vinci
Feet are the foundation of our movement and first thing that hits the ground. The body has to react to what your feet senses whether you are walking, running, weight lifting, playing sports, or even cycling. They must be flexible and strong enough to absorb foot strike impact as well as instantly become a rigid lever in order to propel your entire body weight off the ground.
With 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons…your feet are incredibly complex! Everything in our body functions as a part of an integrated system. Take away the ability of one variable and you will impact other parts of your body.
Good footwork allows athletes the ability to control their center of gravity. Without proper footwork, they cannot fully achieved agility either. Better footwork and improved position also significantly decreases loads in other areas placed upon the body and reduces injury risks in athletes. Ever pay attention to sports announcers? The U.S. Open tennis announcers were constantly commenting about things like "great footwork" and "moving their feet" to get into position.
Keep your feet strong and let them move. If you do, you’ll not only move and perform better, but you’ll have fewer injuries to “boot”!