The aim of the study was to investigate whether a within-session intervention of textured insoles worn in participants cycling shoes altered maximal cycling power output and biomechanics. Ten track sprint cyclists performed sprints on an isokinetic ergometer with and without textured insoles. Key biomechanical variables (crank kinetics, joint kinematics and kinetics) characterising sprint cycling were measured. There was a significant reduction in average crank power for the sprints performed with the textured insoles (P = 0.029) potentially associated with the reported discomfort when using the textured insoles. There were no changes in any other biomechanical measures suggesting a textured insoles intervention may have little impact on maximal cycling performance.
Burnie, Louise; Barratt, Paul; Davids, Keith; Worsfold, Paul; and Wheat, J.
"ACUTE EFFECT OF TEXTURED INSOLES ON BIOMECHANICS OF MAXIMAL CYCLING,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 40:
1, Article 27.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol40/iss1/27