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OVER 1 MILLION NETBALLERS WEARING THE WRONG SHOES FOR THEIR SPORT
Despite being the UK’s number one female participation sport, with over 1.4 million women and girls playing netball in a typical season, an extraordinary 70% of netballers aren’t wearing the correct shoes for the sport. The vast majority play in running shoes or generic ‘trainers’ which don’t provide the necessary grip and support for the quick, dynamic movements needed in the game. 

In addition to improving performance on court, the grip and support provided by specialist netball shoes can also help reduce the risk of ankle and knee injuries. Their durability also reduces the need to replace shoes on such a regular basis. 

During a regular 60-minute game of netball, players perform a vast range of dynamic movements, with up to 900 changes of direction. Players spend less than 40% of their time on court moving forward, with most activity including jumps, accelerations and decelerations involving lateral movements. 

Chartered Physiotherapist, Andy Curtis, comments: “Running shoes are simply not designed for the ‘stop start’ motions in netball, where players are focused on change of direction and need stability as they come down from the air. Choosing a netball shoe rather than a running shoe, means players are more likely to have a stable knee and ankle position when they land - reducing the likelihood of injuries in those two areas.” 




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