Extensive Running Tests Find Stable 26 Socks Significantly Improve Stability

12 · 02 · 14    |    Category: Running    |    By: jeannette gamble

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (NOVEMBER 2014) – Performance Sock Technology company Stable 26 is changing the landscape of running performance – one foot at a time. Alongside leading expert in biomedical analysis Jay Dicharry, the “better fit for better performance” brand conducted a variety of data-centric, unbiased running tests to illustrate the importance of proper stability through the foot. Conducted on 24 elite athletes at a controlled Biomechanics Lab in Bend, Oregon, the results found Stable 26 socks significantly improve runners’ stability (6-10% in women; 9-15% in men), thus optimizing their performance. Past research has shown that an athlete’s increased stability reduces the risk of injury.

Having worked with countless elite athletes – including Professional Golfer Ernie Els, Ottawa Senators Captain Erik Karlsson, and American Track and Field star Alexis Love – Stable 26 understands how injuries come about, and the importance of wearing quality footgear to reduce potential foot trauma. For runners, poor stance stability taxes the body with each step through deceleration (or braking) and acceleration (or push off) forces acting from front to back, greatly increasing the risk of developing a debilitating injury. As such, ensuring proper stability through the foot helps athletes to prevent the risk of developing serious injuries.

To test the effects of Stable 26, Physical Therapist, Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, researcher, teacher, and coach Jay Dicharry welcomed 24 runners (12 male, 12 female) to his REP Biomechanics Lab in Bend, Oregon, where the ‘Anatomy for Runners’ author put them through a series of treadmill tests with over 20 different parameters related to gait. Dicharry collected baseline data by instructing runners to first wear their regular running shoes and socks while running at a relatively high intensity on a controlled treadmill. To measure stability, he then replaced each runner’s socks with Stable 26 technology and conducted the same treadmill tests. Overwhelming, the unbiased quantitative results found no negative impact from wearing Stable 26 socks, and significant improvement in runners’ lateral stability (6-10% in woman; 9-15% in men).

“Having worked with professional athletes throughout my career, I understand the degree to which serious injuries impact the body – both mentally and physically,” said Dicharry. “Through unbiased analysis, we found Stable 26 socks improve lateral stability, which greatly decreases the risk of injury for runners. As an active coach, I would recommend Stable 26 socks to all runners – elite or otherwise. The results are outstanding.”

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The name – and founding philosophy – of Stable 26 has its roots in the anatomy of the human foot. Housing 26 structural support bones, the foot is subject to countless injuries – especially for professional athletes. Stable 26 understands how injuries come about, and the importance of wearing quality footgear to reduce foot trauma. Having worked with countless professional athletes since its inception, Stable 26 technology bridges the gap between athletes and their equipment, allowing them to always put their best foot forward.


Jay Dicharry is a Physical Therapist, Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, researcher, author, teacher, and coach. Jay built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia, and now as Director of the REP Biomechanics Lab in Bend, OR. Jay blurs the lines between clinical practice, coaching, and engineering to solve injury problems and optimize performance. His unique approach goes outside the traditional model of therapy and aims to correct imbalances before they affect athletes’ goals.

Jay wrote the book on running gait assessments: he is author of “Anatomy for Runners”, writes columns for numerous magazines, and has published over thirty professional journal articles and book chapters. Jay has had an active research career, and consults and teaches for numerous footwear companies, the cycling industry, the US Air Force, USA Track and Field, and USA Triathlon. Having taught in the Sports Medicine program at UVA, he brings a strong bias towards patient education, and continues to teach nationally to elevate the standard of care for Therapists, Physicians, and Coaches working with endurance athletes. His expertise in injury prevention, rehab, and performance training is sought out by athletes across the world.

In addition to his clinical distinction, Jay is a certified coach through both the United States Track and Field Association and the United States Cycling Federation, and certified Golf Fitness Instructor through Titleist Performance Institute. He has a competitive history in swimming, triathlon, cycling, and running events on both the local and national level, and has coached athletes from local standouts to national medalists.

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