The aerodynamics of running socks: Reality or rhetoric?

Ashford, R.L. and White, P. and Indramohan, V. (2011) The aerodynamics of running socks: Reality or rhetoric? Foot, 21 (4). pp. 184-187. ISSN 09582592 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Aim: The primary objective of this study was to test the aerodynamic properties of a selection of running and general sports socks. Methods and procedures: Eleven pairs of socks were tested in a specially constructed rig which was inserted into a fully calibrated wind tunnel. Wind test speeds included 3, 4, 5, 6, 12 and 45. m/s. Results: There was no significant difference between any of the socks tested for their aerodynamic properties. The drag coefficients calculated for each sock varied proportionally with the Reynolds number. No particular sock was more aerodynamic than any of the socks tested. Conclusion: There is no evidence that a sock that is "aerodynamically designed" will help an athlete go faster. This may be more product rhetoric than reality, and further work is justified if such claims are being made. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aerodynamics, Running socks, Wind tunnel, aerodynamics, article, athlete, biomechanics, clothing, dynamics, priority journal, process technology, running, running sock, wind, Air Movements, Clothing, Equipment Design, Humans, Materials Testing, Models, Theoretical, Running
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C600 Sports Science
H900 Others in Engineering
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2017 12:00
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2017 12:00
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2048

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