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Development of a heelless shoe to reduce injury during running

Objective

As healthy as it is to keep fit by running, the repetitive stresses and strains on joints cause a large percentage of the injuries experienced during this sport. HEELLESS aims to develop a novel type of running shoe that prevents joint injury and muscle strain by mitigating the impact force that results from impact force when the foot strikes the ground during running; notably the peak force when landing on the heel is smoothed out. Preliminary trials have proven the concept, but methodical research is needed to enable the SME consortium to further improve the shoe. Research of composite materials to be used for the application of a rigid upper sole will set a new precedent for the market of composite materials. The use of a natural fibre reinforced composite for the application of use in specialised athletic footwear is a novel approach with distinct recycleability advantages. Such composites have not yet been embarked upon, making this application highly innovative. The work anticipated is broken down into work packages for research and innovation related to material research, shoe development, biomechanical assessments, evaluations, as well dissemination, technology transfer and exploitation of results. The market for athletic footwear is substantial and grows with 4% per annum, with consumers becoming increasingly aware of safety factors and the prevention of injuries through specialised clothing. The exploitation outlook is great, not only addressing performance runners, but in particular also the fitness market. Multinational players on one hand and threats from cheap alternatives from low-wage countries on the other hand, however, make it a particular challenge for SMEs to tap these market opportunities. To have a chance, a superior performance and other use related properties (like safety, comfort) are a prerequisite, and precisely the expected result of HEELLESS.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

PRO SUPPORT BV
Address
Amarilstraat 11
7550 AN Hengelo
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 71 200
Administrative Contact
Henk Van Ekelenburg (Mr.)

Participants (11)

HEALUS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 240 795
Address
The Villas 9
ST4 5AH Stoke En Trent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adri Hartveld (Mr.)
RADEMAKER SPORTS VOF
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 135 852,70
Address
Storkstraat 5B
3833 LB Leusden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Koos Rademaker (Mr.)
G. DE WEERD HOLDING BV - GWH DE WEERDINNOVATIE ADVIES
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 158 295,80
Address
Theo Boschplein 2
7425 BM Deventer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerard De Weerd (Mr.)
S.I. Zwartz B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 259 493,85
Address
Muensterstraat 5
7575 ED Oldenzaal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ronald Zwartz (Mr.)
ZAKLAD PRODUKCYJNO HANDLOWO USLUGOWY

Participation ended

Poland
EU contribution
€ 24 799,75
Address
Ul. Kazimierza Puzaka 18
38 400 Krosno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Zbigniew Wierdak (Mr.)
NASIKA PRODUCTS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 131 563
Address
P.i Tejerías Sur. C/ La Torrecilla
26500 Calahorra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Irene Beisti (Ms.)
VAN ROOIJEN DANIEL WILLIBRORDUS
Netherlands
Address
Vosseberg 9
9591TN Onstwedde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daan Van Rooijen (Mr.)
HOCHSCHULE MAGDEBURG-STENDAL
Germany
Address
Breitscheidstrasse 2
39114 Magdeburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Gerth (Dr.)
LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURES BV
Netherlands
Address
Rotterdamseweg 380
Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aldert Verheus (Mr.)
STAFFORDSHIRE UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
College Road
ST4 2DE Stoke On Trent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nachiappan Chockalingam (Dr.)
ROESSINGH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT BV
Netherlands
Address
Roessinghsbleekweg 33
7522 AH Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bart Freriks (Mr.)