Increased shoe sole hardness results in compensatory changes in the utilized coefficient of friction during walking.

@article{Tsai2009IncreasedSS,
  title={Increased shoe sole hardness results in compensatory changes in the utilized coefficient of friction during walking.},
  author={Yi-Ju Tsai and Christopher M. Powers},
  journal={Gait & posture},
  year={2009},
  volume={30 3},
  pages={303-6}
}
Based on mechanical testing, harder soled shoes have been shown to provide less available friction than soft soled shoes. Whether or not humans adjust their utilized coefficient of friction (COFu) and gait kinematics to accommodate the decrease in available friction while wearing hard soled shoes is not known. Fifty-six young adults participated in this study. Ground reaction forces, full body kinematics, stride characteristics and subjective perception of footwear slipperiness were recorded… CONTINUE READING
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