A rare notification came in 2010 banning NBA players to use specific shoes.
Naturally, vertical jumping is a NBA tryout test that is usually shared when impressive videos comes out. One of them came from Blake Griffin.
Nonetheless, there are some restrictions in the league regarding an “outsourced tool” that enhances the ability to jump.
As so, in 2010 Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) created a pair of Basketball shoes which have evidence on increasing the vertical ability of any individual.
Is this a fact?
From the company’s FAQ its possible to answer the following questions you might have:
“The patented Load ‘N Launch® device is a very sophisticated feat of engineering located in the forefoot of the basketball shoe just in front of the flex zone and the ball of the foot. The device features unique compression properties designed to provide an instant rebound effect that is transferred up through the foot to enhance vertical leap (or what we call vertical propulsion).”
- What is the average increase in jumping ability as witnessed in your testing?
We have seen some truly dramatic increases in vertical leap while testing the Athletic Propulsion Labs® shoes.
In our testing, using many individuals with varying levels of athleticism, we saw an increase of up to 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) in the Athletic Propulsion Labs® basketball shoes.
- Are the APL basketball shoes banned in high school?
The APL Concept 1 shoes have been banned by the NBA for the 2010-2011 season because of the competitive advantage our Load ‘N Launch Technology provides. As of February 3, 2011, the NFHS lifted its ban on the APL basketball shoes. In a memorandum to its Basketball Administrators, the NFHS stated “Based on discussions with Athletic Propulsion Labs, Inc., and on an examination of pertinent research, we have concluded that Concept 1 shoes do not violate Rule 3-5-4 and thus that the ban under NFHS Basketball Rule 3-5-4 should be immediately lifted.” The Concept 1 shoes may or may not be allowed for competitive play in your league at the college, professional, or recreational level.
If you want to purchase them and impress your colleagues and competitors, inform yourself in the latter link. It might be legal or in the greyzone of league laws.
Lastly, here is a video of the news back than.