Science in Sport: The Sport Orthotic

Throughout the history of hockey there had been advances in equipment using the latest technology at the time. Go back to November 1st, 1959 when Jacques Plante puts on a full facemask for the first time. This fiberglass mask was basic but did the job it was intended to do. Compare that to the helmets and goalie masks of today. Advances in technology and science have provided better materials, design, and comfort geared towards protecting the health of the player.

Now let’s look at the opposite end of the player, their feet. Skates have come a long way over the years. What started out as basic blades attached to the bottom of regular boots, have become very advanced in the past few decades. But have we peaked at the height of perfection?

In Toronto there is a company on the leading edge of technology, Ortho Dynamics, which is led by pedorthist Michele Peters and partner Doug Pitkin. Michele has developed a custom orthotic that maximizes the performance of any player or referee. Using a custom process, she can assess the skater, use 3D laser technology to capture a model of the feet, 3D image is then engineered and designed to address the specific needs of the individual, and fit the skater to ensure the best results.

With every player looking for the edge to make them the best that they can be, this latest advancement should be high on their list. Sports orthotics will help them with speed, control, durability, and in turn a longer career.

Lance Hornby, writer for the Toronto Sun, wrote an article on this very subject. The full article can be found here:

Article: Brad Smith

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