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Are there certain insoles that help a child’s vertical?
The science and data are lacking on the effect of insoles on the vertical leap. One study compared the vertical leap of a group of collegiate athletes with regular shoes and then with regular shoes plus insoles. The researchers found that greater insole softness did not improve vertical leap. The study challenged the claim that commercially available insoles can increase vertical jump by at least three inches.
One common way to increase vertical leap is through plyometrics. Plyometric training programs have been found to increase vertical jump height in multiple studies. Despite the large variety of variables in studies, improved vertical jump performance is a consistent outcome after plyometric training. Athletes looking to increase explosiveness and vertical jump, focus on plyometric training to increase the percentage of fast-twitch muscle fibers in key muscle groups. To be effective, plyometrics needs to be performed with high-intensity efforts to recruit the fast-twitch fibers that are crucial to improving the vertical jump.
Dr. Rahman Kandil is a fellowship-trained sports medicine Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in shoulder and knee surgery. Dr. Kandil treats a variety of bone and joint conditions including general orthopedic injuries, fractures, and ligament/muscle/tendon injuries. Dr. Kandil received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA and graduated in 2011 with multiple honors. Dr. Kandil completed both his internship and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, where he received the Chief Resident of the Year award in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Following his residency graduation, Dr. Kandil further sub-specialized and completed his fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at Stanford University Hospital. Read More-->