As mention in the New York Times this morning, researchers at the University of Calgary conducted a study to test how much traction outsoles affect the risk of injury.
The innovative study employed robot testers to measure the different degrees of traction, much different than the soccer players used to conduct a similar study in 2009, and offered some important advice when picking out your next pair. Try them on — and out — in the store before you buy. Take your cleats out on turf or a somewhat similar surface to what you’ll be playing on and test our your moves to make sure you have a proper fit. The study concluded that the safest possible performance shoes offered high rotational and forward-motion traction, not something found in every shoe.