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Sports shoes should be specifically developed for women, says British parliamentary report

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Sports shoes should be specifically developed for women, says British parliamentary report

Last year, the Women’s World Cup was marked by the withdrawal of many players, victims of serious knee injuries, like Delphine Cascarino and Marie-Antoinette Katoto in France, and the English Beth Mead and Leah Williamson or the Canadian Janine Beckie.

The high number of cases of rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee among female players has led the Women and Equality Committee of the British Parliament to look into the issue.

In his rapport made public this Tuesday, the commission considers that the response provided by the sports sector was “heterogeneous and slow. We are confident that a health issue of similar magnitude affecting elite male footballers would have received a quicker, more thorough and better coordinated response,” the report scathes.

82 %

In June 2023, 82% of players said they recognized discomfort because of their shoes, according to a study of 350 players, coordinated by the European Club Association.

The report, which estimates that cases of ACL ruptures affect female players at least three times more than their male counterparts, targets in particular the lack of shoes designed specifically for women and calls on the sports sector to develop specific equipment adapted to women ( biomechanics, ergonomics, morphology).

Questioned by the commission, the CEO of The Well HQ, Baz Moffat, committed to improving women’s sporting practice, underlines in particular that there is currently only one brand in the world, IDA Sports, dedicated to the production of shoes specifically designed for female feet, regretting their relatively high price, because they are not considered “a consumer product”.

The committee recommends that the British government convene a working group involving major sports equipment manufacturers to “develop a long-term strategy to resolve (this) problem”.

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