Yes, and it’s not magic, it’s physics.
First, let’s be clear that a carbon fiber base that provides heel stability and arch support (like Tread Labs), will not likely help an athlete run faster or jump higher. The carbon fiber component stops at the midfoot and there’s no true “spring” function to this product.
Full length carbon fiber insoles (like VKTRY) have been designed to store and return energy, thus reducing the amount of energy normally lost. Scientific studies show that wearing VKTRY Insoles increases rate of force development (aka explosiveness) by +9.3%. And the key to running faster and jumping higher is largely a function of how much force you can put into the ground.
Independent testing of 77 athletes at 3 different performance facilities proved that VKs can help an athlete’s performance:
- Jumping Higher: Average +1.6 inches
- Jumping Farther: Average +4.0 inches
- Running Faster: 0.12 seconds better in the 40-yard dash
Wearing carbon fiber insoles is not meant to be a short cut or replacement for hard work. A serious athlete still needs to train and practice to hone their craft. Athletes with the best techniques for running & jumping, and athletes that have the best musculature, typically see the greatest improvements with full-length carbon fiber insoles.