As the season is in its final two weeks, and our last two major games are creeping closer, Twickenham Stadium vs RVC (24th), and the Macadam Cup (27th), it seems a good time to publish the survey results regarding our insoles from Footbalance and how they've been helping the team prepare.
Footbalance is an innovative Finnish company specializing in custom insoles for both preventive and reactive purposes, and we are proud to have been a strategic partner with them during this season.
90% of the team had not used insoles before Footbalance moulded the ‘Performance’ pair for us, however almost 40% had suffered muscle, tendon or bone injuries below the hip with difficulties recovering from the initial injury.
The ‘Performance’ insole fit comfortably into 77% of the teams’ rugby cleats, which notoriously have a very tight fit. This included both older boots and newly acquired ones. More than 78% of the team also stated that the insoles made the boots more comfortable, which suggests that everyone who could fit the insole into the boot found it to be comfortable.
When asked how it felt to wear them for the first time, the following responses were recorded:
“Immediately felt more supported and more comfortable”
“I felt like I was an inch taller and running on air”
Quotes overheard after 2 months of use were along the same lines:
“I want my other shoes (with insoles) because it feels like walking on air”
When asked about the overall impression of the Footbalance representatives and the company, the following were recorded:
“Good impression, the presentation was professional, and so was all the process of the moulding, etc.
“Professional and very knowledgeable. Good idea to fill a gap in the market”
When the team was asked what changes they were expecting/if they were expecting any changes the following responses were recorded:
“More support in running”
“Not particularly as I don't have an injury so any help may go relatively unnoticed”
“Reduced 'niggling' pains, possibly improved posture”
Although an official follow-up survey wasn't conducted to see if the effects and expectations were realised due to it being anonymous, the general consensus of the effects of the insoles have been positive within the team. This includes recurring shin splints being kept in check, and generally higher comfort levels of cleats, trainers or shoes with insoles. Many of the team have used them in their running shoes during personal fitness training as well as their boots due to the comfort they give.
KCLWRFC would like to thank Footbalance for their support. We look forward to continuing the partnership, and playing with our (much more comfortable) insole-fitted boots at Twickenham Stadium and at the Macadam Cup.
For further enquiries, please contact our Treasurer Sara H Eskola at +44(0) 7429 344 487 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.footbalance.com.