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The Fear of Getting Injured Can Hurt Athletic Performance and Increase Injury Risk, VKTRY Insoles Can Help

Athletes often walk a fine line between peak performance and the risk of injury. This balancing act can lead to a significant mental hurdle: the fear of injury. This fear can be debilitating, causing athletes to adopt avoidance behaviors that paradoxically increase their risk of injury. Understanding this dynamic and finding ways to mitigate it is crucial for maintaining both mental and physical health in sports. VKTRY Insoles offer a dual benefit—proven injury protection as well as a psychological boost that can help athletes feel safer to perform at their best.


“The best way to treat an injury is to protect yourself from one. The VK is the best combination of shock absorption while maintaining stability that I have ever seen on the orthotic market. Shock absorption to reduce load and improved stability to disperse load biomechanically to enhance performance.”

Gary Vitti, Former Head Athletic Trainer for the L.A. Lakers (32 years)


The Psychology of Injury Fear

The fear of injury, and/or reinjury, is a common issue among athletes, affecting their confidence and performance. Research shows that this fear can lead to avoidance behaviors, such as playing cautiously, which in turn can increase the risk of injury. This phenomenon, often referred to as "kinesiophobia," can create a vicious cycle where the fear of injury leads to behaviors that make injury more likely, reinforcing the fear.


Studies have found that athletes who are overly concerned about getting injured may alter their movement patterns in ways that put additional stress on their bodies. For example, a runner who is afraid of twisting an ankle might subconsciously adjust their gait, which can lead to imbalances and increased stress on the knees and hips. Similarly, a basketball player worried about knee injuries might avoid certain movements, leading to muscle imbalances and decreased overall stability.


“VKs represent a quantum leap in the world of performance insoles providing many of the benefits of custom-made orthotics in an over-the-counter device. For the first time, athletes can experience stabilization, shock absorption, and propulsion in a device that is specifically tailored to their size and weight. This is a game changer.”

Dr. Jamie Creps, PT, DScPT, OCS, CMPT, Senior Physical Therapist, Boston Red Sox


How VKTRY Insoles Provide Physical Protection

VKTRY Insoles are designed with advanced technology that offers significant protection against common sports injuries. The insoles' 100% aero-space carbon fiber baseplate provides a stable and supportive foundation that enhances alignment and stability during athletic movements. This reduces stress on critical areas like the knee and lower leg.


Key Findings from a KSI Research Study

A study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) highlighted several benefits of VKTRY Insoles:

  • Improved Alignment and Stability: VKTRY Insoles improve the alignment and stability of the knee and lower leg during running and jumping, reducing the stress and load on the knee and decreasing the risk of knee injuries.
  • Reduced Risk of Shin Splints and Ankle Injuries: Athletes using VKTRY Insoles were less likely to suffer from shin splints, tibial stress syndrome, and various ankle injuries. The insoles' design helps decrease the degree of dorsiflexion, reducing the strain on the tibialis anterior tendon.
  • Enhanced Shock Absorption: The insoles are shaped to match the natural curvature of the foot, providing a spring-like cushion similar to a car's shock absorber. This design helps reduce impact forces, thereby protecting the foot and lower leg.
  • Prevention of Plantar Fasciitis: VKTRY Insoles help athletes resist over-pronation and over-supination, movements that contribute to plantar fasciitis. By maintaining the foot within a normal range of motion, the insoles reduce stress on the plantar fascia, decreasing the risk of injury.


“After an extensive 6-month research study by the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut, it’s clear that VKTRY Insoles improve lower body biomechanics, stability of the ankle and knee during running, and shock absorption during landing. These improvements can help safeguard athletes by providing injury protection”

Dr. Douglas Casa, PhD, ATC, Professor of Kinesiology, CEO of KSI


The Psychological Benefits of VKTRY Insoles

Beyond the physical benefits, VKTRY Insoles can also provide significant psychological advantages. Knowing that their insoles are designed to reduce injury risk can help athletes feel more secure and confident on the field. This mental assurance may prevent the avoidance behaviors associated with injury fear. When athletes feel protected, they are more likely to fully engage in their sport without hesitation, leading to more natural and effective movement patterns. This full engagement not only enhances performance but also reduces the compensatory movements that can increase injury risk.


The combination of physical support and psychological confidence provided by VKTRY Insoles creates a comprehensive approach to injury prevention, allowing athletes to focus on their game and perform at their best without the constant worry of getting hurt. This dual benefit is crucial for both seasoned athletes and those recovering from previous injuries, as it helps break the cycle of fear and avoidance, leading to safer and more confident participation in sports.