Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M. Eng.


Industrial Engineering

Committee Chair

Holman, Grady T.

Author's Keywords

Mixed-methods; Cleated shoe; Performance; Biomechanics; Frisbee; Footwear


Athletic shoes; Flying discs (Game)


Athletic cleated shoe failures are commonplace to competitive-level ultimate frisbee players. Currently, there are no athletic cleated shoes designed for the sport of ultimate frisbee; players generally choose between football or soccer cleated shoes in the hopes of finding a match between footwear designs for a different sport and the needs of their own sport. A focus group and subsequent survey were conducted and administered, respectively, to better understand the types of failures that occur, as well as the causes of these failures. Approximately 78% of failures experienced in ultimate frisbee are caused by the player executing a cut, or quick change of direction. This motion leads to failures along both the outside and the inside of the toe box, which account for roughly 88% of reported failures. With these failures in mind, further observation of the sport as well as a detailed biomechanic laboratory experiment have been proposed to determine the need for an athletic cleated shoe specifically designed for the sport of ultimate frisbee.