Segmented forefoot plate in basketball footwear: Does it influence performance and foot joint kinematics and kinetics?

Wing Kai Lam, Winson Chiu Chun Lee, Wei Min Lee, Christina Zong Hao Ma, Pui Wah Kong

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This study examined the effects of shoes' segmented forefoot stiffness on athletic performance and ankle and metatarsophalangeal joint kinematics and kinetics in basketball movements. Seventeen university basketball players performed running vertical jumps and 5-msprints atmaximumeffort with 3 basketball shoes of various forefoot plate conditions (medial plate, medial + lateral plates, and no-plate control). One-way repeated measures ANOVAs were used to examine the differences in athletic performance, joint kinematics, and joint kinetics among the 3 footwear conditions (α = .05). Results indicated that participants wearing medial + lateral plates shoes demonstrated 2.9% higher jump height than those wearing control shoes (P = .02), but there was no significant differences between medial plate and control shoes (P > .05). Medial plate shoes produced greater maximum plantar flexion velocity than the medial + lateral plates shoes (P < .05) during sprinting. There were no significant differences in sprint time. These findings implied that inserting plates spanning both the medial and lateral aspects of the forefoot could enhance jumping, but not sprinting performances. The use of a medial plate alone, although induced greater plantar flexion velocity at the metatarsophalangeal joint during sprinting, was not effective in improving jump heights or sprint times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-38
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Biomechanics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Ankle joint
  • Joint moment
  • Jumping
  • Metatarsophalangeal joint
  • Sprinting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation


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