Lisdowney Hurling club hosted the Return of the Kilkenny Legends hustling match on 30th May 2015. The old favorites made a great comeback, but their boots had seen better days – one famous player discarded this half way through the match
What hurling boot should I choose?
When choosing boots you need to consider the sport you are playing and the conditions you are playing on. It is a challenge for the amateur sportsperson as there are a wide range of boots and stud types available offering varying degrees of traction, support and shock absorbency for different surfaces, but who can afford a different boot for each weather type or pitch surface?
1. Soft Ground Boots are used in winter or wet weather when the ground is heavy, for grass surfaces and usually have 6 or 8 removable studs. Long studs can be used for wetter softer ground and then changed to shorter studs for firmer ground. This is obviously a cheaper option than buying a second pair of boots.
2. Firm Ground Boots are used on firmer natural surfaces usually in the summer or frosty weather when the ground is fairly hard. They usually have moulded studs, which are shorter and moulded from plastic. They are said to reduce blisters as there are more studs on the sole.
Blades supposedly make turning easier
3. Hard Ground Boots are used on hard surfaces such as astroturf or artificial surfaces and usually have several permanent small rubber studs over the entire sole. This is not recommended for natural grass surfaces as it won’t have enough grip. These boots tend to reduce pounding on the foot
So what’s the plan – a different pair for every condition – a better option is to use interchangeable studs on the same boot. If changing studs on a regular basis it is advisable to spray a little oil on the threads to minimise rusting.
There is a huge issue with blistering, especially in dry weather on hard surfaces, our advice in Kilkenny Physiotherapy Clinic is, as always, try to find the cause of the problem, and address that.
Possible causes of blistering:
a) Tight calves
b) Tight Plantar fascia
c) Immobilty of Big Toe joint
d) Tight hip flexors and weak Gluts muscle
e) Hard skin already on the sole of the foot
f) Ill fitting boots
g) Wrong studs
h) A stud positioned directly under the joint of the big Toe
If you feel any of the first four are your problem you need to get a stretching and strengthening programme to stop the blisters