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Ground Force Transmission / Reduction in Footwear

Posted by Dave Sherman on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 | 4 Comments »
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By Samantha Brey, EMS Marketing Out of all the sports, dance classes, and every type of movement under the sun, the second most popular form of exercise in the world is running. Why is that? Many say running is a great stress reliever, it enables them to break free of the daily routine and burn […]

Memory Foam Footwear: An Inside Look at Responsive, Adaptive Comfort

Posted by Dave Sherman on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 | 1 Comment »
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By Samantha Brey, EMS Marketing You’ve heard of memory foam mattresses, but memory foam in footwear? I had heard and seen the ads many times, but until last week I had never actually believed that these shoes were as comfortable as they claimed to be. Then, a few days ago, I bought my first pair […]

Concussion Rate Among Females Higher than Males

Posted by Dave Sherman on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 | 1 Comment »
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by Samantha Brey, EMS Marketing, and Dave Sherman, Technical Design Solutions Manager As the sister of two sports-crazed teen boys, I can confirm that getting injured is a common occurrence, and many of these injuries result from hits to the head. My younger brother has had several minor concussions from baseball, soccer, basketball, and other various […]

Prototyping at Gunpoint, Part 1: Setting Yourself Up for Success

Posted by Dave Sherman on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »
"That’s the way this job is, Bledsoe, interminable periods of boredom, followed by brief moments of intense excitement."

A few years ago, I was interviewing a recent college grad for a position as a Developer. The interview was hum-drum, so I asked the usual “Describe your worst work day ever …and what you learned from that,” as a way to try to get a little more insight into the candidate. As his worst […]

The Rule of Thumb for Measuring Foam Cushioning Properties in Footwear

Posted by Dave Sherman on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 | 1 Comment »
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To see whether a pearl is real, we rub it against our teeth. To determine if the bathwater is too hot for an infant, we test it with our elbow. Why don’t we use our fingers? Because our fingers are not sensitive enough to feel the scaly bumps on the nacre of a pearl, or […]

Concussions: What We Know and Don’t Know

Posted by Dave Sherman on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 | No Comments »
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“How about if you and I start taking swings at each other’s head?” suggests David Halstead, head of Southern Impact Research Center. “I’ll wear this football helmet and you won’t. Then we’ll see if this helmet helps to prevent concussions.” The manufacturer adds, “We know it’s true, so why can’t we claim that we help […]

Flexibility Can Make or Break an Athlete’s Performance: Don’t Let the Gear Hold You Back

Posted by Dave Sherman on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 | 1 Comment »
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Did you see this play by Mignolet? Incredible, right? How did he do that? One of the things that separates the performance of an elite athlete from an ordinary one, is a display of agility. Being able to get one’s body in the right place, in the right position, at the right time, allows an […]

Product Design: The Hard Case for Soft, Flexible Impact Protective Gear in Sports

Posted by Dave Sherman on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 | No Comments »
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By Dave Sherman, Technical Design Solutions Manager, XRD® Impact Institute More than 65 million years ago, an epic struggle for the World Championship played out. On the one side, the Dinosaurs were the defending champions with a style that tended to be bulky and slow; they relied on heavy, hard shell armor to keep them […]