Electroshock therapy, albeit it under the nomenclature of electroconvulsive therapy, is making a comeback in some areas of medicine, and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence is taking the idea of electric shocks into a slightly different domain with its 'FootStriker' gadget. The device applies mild electric shocks to runners' calves in order to stimulate the muscle and force their feet into the correct position when striking the ground.
The device is specifically designed to prevent runners' heels from striking the ground on first contact. This style of running is common among amateurs, and it is believed to lead to injuries over time. In clinical trials, FootStriker was able to reduce heel strikes from 95 percent of steps to just 16 percent. Further, once turned off again, heel strikes fell even further to 8 percent, suggesting that the runners had internalized the technique on their own after a single session with FootStriker.
FootStriker Uses Electric Shocks to Improve Running Technique
1. Electroshock Therapy - Exploring the use of electroshock therapy in non-medical domains for innovative solutions.
2. Running Technique Improvement - Developing gadgets and technologies that enhance running technique for better performance and reduced injuries.
3. Muscular Stimulation Devices - Creating wearable gadgets that use electric shocks to stimulate muscles for specific purposes.
1. Sports Equipment Manufacturing - Opportunity for sports equipment manufacturers to develop running trainers with built-in electric shock technology for improving running technique.
2. Rehabilitation Services - Potential for rehabilitation centers to incorporate electroshock therapy as part of their treatment plans for athletes and individuals recovering from running-related injuries.
3. Fitness Technology - Innovation opportunity for fitness technology companies to create muscle stimulation devices that can be used during workouts to improve muscle activation and performance.