Originally Posted by 6LOVE
Of course, keep in mind that these Kevlar-plated, titanium-reinforced shoes are a relatively modern invention. The tennis shoes we wore back in the day (Fred Perrys, Jack Purcells, Tretorn whatevs) were as flimsy as our running shoes. I don't remember many bloody feet though.
This is what puzzles me about the claims that not using chunky tennis shoes will inevitably lead to catastrophic foot and ankle injury.
I look at the pictures of players from the 60s and even 70s and I see shoes that look downright flimsy. So why wasn't everybody destroying their feet and ankles back in the day?
I know the game as a whole is more athletic now, but are many rec players really playing a more athletically taxing game than the pros of yesteryear?