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Foot Ankle Clin. 2013 Jun;18(2):369-80. doi: 10.1016/j.fcl.2013.02.012.

Association of lower limb injury with boot cleat design and playing surface in elite soccer.

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Fortius Clinic, 17 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 6EQ, UK.


Reducing external injury risk factors associated with the boot-surface interaction is important in reducing the incidence and severity of foot and ankle injury. A review of prospective football (soccer) injury epidemiology studies determined that the incidence of noncontact ankle sprain injury is relatively high. Research on the impact of cleat shape and configuration and boot design on the boot-surface interaction is providing new understanding of the impact on player biomechanics and injury risk but is not keeping pace with commercial advances in boot design and innovation in natural and synthetic turf surface technology.

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