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Biomechanics of Sports Shoes - Beno Nigg

Discussion in 'Podiatry and Related Books' started by admin, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. Dr. Steven King

    Dr. Steven King Active Member


    I was very excited to receive my signed and "free" copy as well.

    Dr. Nigg has written a thorough book that should be read and not just skimmed.

    It may be a bit obsolete already with the new advanced composite simple machine orthotic systems being developed.

    I would have liked to see a bit more critical/open dialog in this Podiatry Arena on some of the broad statements made in the book.

    He has taught me that we have alot yet to learn and prove.

    A Hui Hou,

    Kingetics- Fine Tuning Your Shoes to Your Natural Frequencies...TM
  2. Too late, Tom Mcmahon already described this in his patent.
  3. Dr. Steven King

    Dr. Steven King Active Member

    Aloha Simon,

    Tom has created another Plastifoam patent assigned to Nike.
    It is not as much what you do,,, but how you do it.
    You can evolve if you try, you just have to open your eyes and minds.

    Mele Kalikiama,

    Kingetics- Making Your Life's Work Less Work...TM

    The invention is directed to a midsole for a shoe including one or morefoam columns disposed between an upper and a lower plate. One or more elastomeric foam elements are disposed between the upper and lower plates. The foam elements are made of a material such as microcellular polyurethane-elastomer based on a polyester-alcohol and naphthalene-disocyanate (NDI). In one embodiment, the foam elements have the shape of hollow cylindrical columns, and may include grooves formed on the exterior surface. One or more elastic rings are disposed about the columns and are removably disposable in the grooves, allowing the stiffness of the columns to be adjusted. In a further embodiment, inflatable gas bladders are disposed in the hollow regions. The heights of the gas bladders may be less than the heights of the columns such that when the midsole is compressed, the wearer experiences a first stiffness corresponding to compression of the columns alone, and a second stiffness corresponding to compression of both the columns and the bladders. Alternatively, the bladders may be inflated so as to cause the columns to be stretched, even when no load is applied. Since the level of inflation of the bladders may be adjusted, the overall stiffness of the midsole may be tuned to the individual requirements of the wearer.

    This application is a continuation-in-part of application Ser. No.07/738,031, filed Aug. 2, 1991, now abandoned.
  4. Gab Moisan

    Gab Moisan Member

    Good evening,
    Nearly 6 years later, do you think I will enjoy reading the book considering the incredible number of papers that have been published on the effects of shoes on running biomechanics since the book was written?
    Thank you for your time,
    Gab Moisan
  5. Dr. Steven King

    Dr. Steven King Active Member

    Chapter 7 will be the basis for future orthotic design.
    If you don't understand the physics of work and energy you will may not be able to properly prescribe orthotics that mechanically return gait energy from the work of walking.
    My hope is that other prolific writers of biomechanics books will someday expand on this chapter now that Benno is retired.

    Levers Do Work...

    Maximalism is the inverse of minimalism and must show significant testable improvements in energy conservation, stability, physical protections and Greenability.

    How can you understand maximalism if you do not have a solid background in the physics of work and energy and the study of the cost of transport?
  6. Gab Moisan

    Gab Moisan Member

    Thank you Steve for your answer. I really appreciate it! I'll try to order the book, but it doesn't look like an easy task. I can't find the book anywhere.... any ideas?
  7. Dr. Steven King

    Dr. Steven King Active Member

    One of the nice benefits of being on staff at a hospital is that you have access to the physicians library.
    If your hospital does not have the book the librarian can order it as an inter-library loan.
    I checked out Dr. Niggs previous book this way. It was really cool when I found out it was loaned out from The Library of Congress.
    I made sure i returned that book, i would not want my congressional delegates being without advanced books on biomechanics and footwear.

    A hui hou,


    Levers Do Work...

    Foams Do Not...

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