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It's time to #MakeTheSwap

Over 1 million netballers are wearing the wrong shoes for their sport!

It's time to #MakeTheSwap

Over ONE MILLION netballers are wearing the wrong shoes. It's time for that to change. It's time to #MakeTheSwap.

What's the problem?

Despite being the UK's number one female participation sport, with over 1.4 million women and girls playing in a typical season, an extraordinary 70% of netballers aren't wearing the correct shoes for the sport.

The vast majority play in running shoes or generic 'trainers' which don't provide the necessary grip and support for the quick, dynamic movements needed in the game.

Why does it matter?

In addition to improving performance on court, the grip and support provided by specialist netball shoes can also help reduce the risk of ankle and knee injuries. Their durability also reduces the need to replace shoes on a such a regular basis.

During a regular 60-minute game of netball, players perform a vast range of dynamic movements, with up to 900 changes of direction. Players spend less than 40% of their time on court moving forward, with most activity including jumps, accelerations and decelerations involving lateral movements.

In a typical 60-minute netball match

- A centre can cover up to 6-8km

- The Goal Defence jumps 75 times, Goal Shooter 65 & Wing Defence 64

- The Goal Keeper completes 151 Accelerations and 117 decelerations

- Wing Defence makes 192 Accelerations and 248 Decelerations

That's why it's time to #MakeTheSwap

Mizuno are launching the #MakeTheSwap campaign to ensure more women and girls get the most from their sport.

Netball UK's Managing Director Debbie Hallas, who also runs Vitality Netball Superleague team Manchester Thunder, says:

"Mizuno have developed a superb range of netball shoes that offer all our players the grip & support needed to play safely and gain an all-important advantage over their opponents."

What do the experts say?

England Netball Chartered Physiotherapist, Andy Curtis, says:

"Running shoes are simply not designed for the 'stop start' motions in netball, where players are focused on change of direction and need stability as they come down from the air. Choosing a netball shoe rather than a running shoe, means players are more likely to have a stable knee and ankle position when they land - reducing the likelihood of injuries in those two areas."

Graham Johnson, UK Marketing Manager for Mizuno, adds:

"Most parents understand the need for the correct footwear for sports like football and rugby, and it should be exactly the same for netball. We want women and girls to be able to fully enjoy the sport with a greater level of control and a reduced risk of damaging knees and ankles."

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