Short-Term and Long-Term Comfort and EMG Associated with Shoe Inserts

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Authors
  1. Stefanyshyn, D.J.
  2. Rozitis, A.I.
  3. Nigg, B.M.
  4. Stergiou, P.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Calgary Univ, Calgary ALTA (CAN) Human Performance Lab
Abstract
It was previously determined that military personnel would be more comfortably and suffer fewer injuries by using footwear inserts in their combat boots. However, different individuals require inserts with different characteristics. Since improved comfort is one of the main benefits of an appropriate insert, the goal of this study was to develop a simple comfort assessment method that would allow individuals to select the insert that was appropriate for them. By using a combination of short-term and long-term comfort assessments, a method was developed where subjects could reliably select the appropriate insert. To do this, subjects are required to assess the comfort of each available insert six times while trying them on in a random order. Their most comfortable insert in trials 3-6 will remain the most comfortable for them even after long-term wear, and its, therefore, the appropriate insert for them.

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Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2002-053 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jun 2002
Number of Pages
32
DSTKIM No
CA021749
CANDIS No
518487
Format(s):
Hardcopy

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