Saturday, May 18, 2013

Ballet shoes: New Australian research

Australian researchers at the University of Canberra are undertaking a major redesign of ballet slippers. Professor Gordon Waddington and Assistant Professor Jeremy Witchalls are working to give dancers extra "grip" and more control over their movements to prevent lower leg injuries. Dr Waddington has developed an insole made from textured PVC which has a lined pattern to lock into the skin. This is currently being used by ballet dancers for barre work only, in the testing environment. Should it prove to increase surface perception and decrease ankle and lower limb injuries, the insole would be worn during all practice sessions, rehearsals and performances.

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