Not exactly known for sensationalism, the British Journal of Sports
Medicine has just published what sounds like a very interesting study
showing that among amateur basketball players, those who wore shoes
with air cells in the heel (that’ll be Nikes, then) were four times
more susceptible to ankle injuries. This was reported
by ABC News, which immediately called up a number of doctors who hadn’t
read the report to rubbish it.
There was a Dr Jon Shriner of the Michigan Center for Athletic Medicine
in Flint, Michigan, for instance, who said that "the air-soled
shoes, like those in the Nike basketball line, do not contribute to
ankle injuries," without giving any reasons for his beliefs.
Of course, the fact that Centers for Athletic Medicine probably get
a lot of money from Nike, or at the very least from athletes sponsored
by Nike, would never influence Dr Shriner’s opinion — or get reported
by ABC News.
The article continues: "A major way recreational players can
protect themselves from ankle injuries is to tape their ankles for
more support and to replace their shoes after a month or two of constant
wear. The shoes wear out and so do their support systems." Ah,
yes, of course. A couple of months after buying my new $150 Air Shoks,
I’m going to go out and replace them. I don’t think.
Oh, and I was going to link to the Nike Air Shok page, but the site
is so horrible, with Flash 4 and pop-up windows and no URLs, that
I can’t. Sorry.