Racquet Sports

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The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of footwear on the ankle inversion and plantar pressure experienced by older females performing change of direction tasks. Eight older female tennis players performed five lateral side jumps and five 180° turns in a running shoe and tennis shoe. Time of peak plantar pressure and peak ankle inversion angle were recorded. Individual differences revealed reduced magnitude and duration of rearfoot loading and increased forefoot loading of two participants in the running shoe compared to the tennis shoe when performing the lateral side jumps. Greater peak inversion angle was also recorded in the running shoe compared to the tennis shoe for these participants. While the cushioning properties of running shoes may be appealing for some older tennis players, wearing running shoes during tennis may increase the risk of incurring an ankle sprain.