CHANGE YOUR GAME. PLAY UPLIFTED.

It’s time to change your game with ASICS Netball Shoes. No matter the position you play or the court surface you play on, you need shoes designed specifically for Netball.​

ASICS Netball shoes give you the support you need to keep your focus on the court and are designed to allow you to pivot, change direction, jump, land, take off quickly and stop suddenly.

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NETBURNER BALLISTIC FF 2

The increased rubber in the outsole provides greater ground contact, enabling better control and stability on court.​

The flex-grooves in the forefoot allows you to change direction quickly and pivot fast. The Netburner Ballistic FF 2 offers a durable, fast and flexible design for netball-specific movements. 

NETBURNER SUPER FF

The NETBURNER SUPER FF combines supportive comfort and speed. The multi-directional X-GROOVE in the fore-foot, let’s you quickly pivot, at pace and gel cushioning technology provides shock absorbing comfort and protection against high impact movements on the court.

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Netball Shoes vs Running Shoes

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Alanna Antcliff APAM

Head Physiotherapist Australian Diamonds | Netball Australia

Alanna Antcliff is an accredited APA Sport and Exercise Physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience working with elite sporting teams and individuals. 

She is the Physiotherapist for the Australian Netball Diamonds and National Netball Pathway, a role she has held since 2011. She also currently works for the Sydney Swans as a Consultant Physiotherapist and has previously worked with Olympic/National athletes at the NSW Institute of Sport.

Q&A with Alanna Antcliff

Tell us about the importance about wearing the right shoes for specific sport related activity? And how are ASICS Netball shoes different from wearing running shoes.

Sport specific shoes are designed with the unique requirements of your sport in mind and are an important way to protect yourself from injury and equip you to play to your potential. Regardless of sport it is important to seek the specific shoe that matches your sports demands. 

ASICS Netball shoes are designed specifically for the unique requirements of netball. Features are designed to enhance stability and maximise shock absorption. Equipping the athlete for the repeated jump and landing demands. Which is particularly important on harder surfaces.  Specific forefoot grooves promote efficient change of direction and agility. The shoes are also made with durability in mind, required for the repeat efforts made on court ensuring the shoe will last the netball season. 

Can you tell us about how wearing incorrect footwear may cause injuries and how they can be avoided?

Incorrect footwear may be one of a number of factors that lead to injuries that could otherwise be avoided. These include (but are not limited to) localised injuries to the feet, for e.g. foot pressure/blister injuries in addition to injuries further up the chain by indirectly loading these areas. Ensuring your specific foot posture fits your chosen shoe and taking the time to wear these shoes in over gradual increments are two ways risks can be reduced. 

As mentioned previously, a running shoe simply is not designed to deal with the sudden movements and change of directions seen in the game of netball. Wearing anything other than a netball shoe on the court could potentially contribute to injury due to lack of stability, grip and overall protection.

What are some of the most common injuries you see with netball players and are they related to the incorrect footwear? If so, please elaborate?

The most common injuries in Australian netballers are injuries to the lower limb, with the vast majority being injuries to ankles and knees. Rolling the ankle is a particularly common injury given the requirement to stop suddenly many times per game. Wearing a shoe without sufficient lateral stability is one factor that may contribute to these injuries. Foot and blister injuries are more common in congested tournament style play and while one of a number of factors, incorrect footwear may play a part in this. Being fitted correctly is also a critical factor to the shoe operating at its best for the athlete.

Key differences between Netball Shoes and Running Shoes

Netball shoes are designed to work with the unique requirements of the sport, such as multi-directional movement. Whereas running shoes are only designed to work in a straight-line motion.

Netball shoes offer enhanced and tailored features of:

  • Premium stability features in both the insole and outsole enhance control in landing and change of direction.
  • Shock absorption provided by GEL™ technology maximises protection from the repeated impact loading required.
  • Forefoot grooves allows rapid change of direction enhancing the efficiency of agility required on court.
How can Netball shoes improve my performance?

Enhanced efficiency when changing direction via forefoot flex groove technology.

Improved reactivity through Flytefoam midsole to promote “spring”.

Stability features enhance player’s confidence in landing on a sturdy base to then propel into the next movement.

I only play socially, do I really need netball shoes?

Netball shoes are recommended for all levels and potentially even more important socially when there may not be the same level of physical preparation to offer protection against injury. Having a supportive yet responsive shoe designed to enhance stability and protect against injury just makes sense and will also improve the confidence with which you move on court. Designed for durability a netball shoe will also withstand the repeated change of direction and jumping and landing far better than a running shoe ensuring they last for longer.

What feedback do you receive from players about netball shoes?

Our players want to play in netball shoes for numerous reasons, with the common top two responses being:

  1. More secure in dodging and feel less like sliding out the side of the shoe when changing direction
  2. Don't rip through the soles like I do in runners, as netball shoes are more durable for netball.
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