How to choose the right shoes for volleyball
For volleyball, first and foremost, correctly selected shoes are needed, because not only the success of the game will depend on this, but also the safety of the participant himself. During active actions on the field, you can easily get serious joint injuries and not only. This often happens because of uncomfortable shoes.
The main criteria when buying sneakers include:
• cushioning to reduce shock loads on the foot when landing;
• stabilization and reliable fixation of the legs to protect against joint injuries and sprain;
• elasticity of the sole during repulsion;
• traction of the sole with the surface;
• ventilation and removal of excess moisture.
When choosing a volleyball shoe, you need to determine the height of the ankle. There are models with both low ankle and high. The advantage of high-ankle sneakers is that they provide extra support and reduce the risk of injury. These sneakers are recommended for athletes who have already had injuries. Volleyball players without injuries should play in low-ankle sneakers: in lighter sneakers with a moving (working) Achilles, athletes will achieve better results in the game.
Japanese brands Asics and Mizuno have their own individual approach to the production of sports shoes, world-class athletes have successfully used the products of well-known manufacturers, and the workmanship is equally high.
Each brand has its own proprietary technologies that distinguish it from the rest. The famous Asics Gel technology, thanks to the special kind of silicone in the heel and toe, provides excellent cushioning and softens the shock load on the foot, spine and knees when landing.
The key technology of Mizuno shoes is Wave technology. The wave-shaped design allows the shock load to spread more evenly over the entire length of the sole, providing a good and smooth ride.
Mizuno volleyball shoes are lighter, but at the same time have more rigidity when landing. Asics sneakers have more cushioning, so landing will be more comfortable, but the weight of the sneakers is about 50 grams more.
The soles of volleyball shoes are made of special non-slip materials. If you try to play volleyball in non-specialized sneakers, then there is a noticeable difference in grip with the surface of the court. Also, the soles of professional sneakers are equipped with special plates that minimize the possibility of injury in the game and prevent twisting of the foot. The ventilation system plays a very important role in volleyball shoes. Both Asics and Mizuno use a special breathable mesh as the upper part of the sneakers, freely letting air through, providing the foot with oxygen. In addition to the breathable mesh, Mizuno sneakers use Intercool technology – a ventilating system on the sole that provides humidity and temperature control using special ventilation channels.
For beginner athletes and amateurs, models of the middle price category – Asics Gel-Rocket and Mizuno Wave Twister are perfect. For more professional athletes, light and fast, more advanced models such as Asics Gel-Beyond, Mizuno Wave Lightning and models with luxury shock absorption: Asics Gel-Volley Elite and Asics Gel-Netbuurner Ballistic. For large athletes with high weight, we recommend a model with enhanced support – Mizuno Wave Tornado.
In conclusion, it is important to note that it is necessary, first of all, to focus on the convenience of shoes, and only then on its appearance. It should be practically weightless, because an extra load on the field will be completely useless for the player. Sneakers should not hamper the movement, but rather be invisible in the toe.
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