Post-Sport Recovery in the Groove


Ascent is proud to announce that we are an official partner with the esteemed NSW Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Manly Sea Eagles teams in 2023!

We are excited to sponsor such a legendary group of athletes and we eagerly anticipate witnessing them reap the full benefits of our state-of-the-art sandals for their post-sport recovery. The distinctive design and cutting-edge technology incorporated into the players' new Groove sandals play a crucial role in mitigating the impact of intense training sessions.

With every step, these innovative sandals provide unparalleled support, cushioning, and stability to aid in reducing the strain and stress caused by rigorous physical activity. Ascent is dedicated to taking the Bulldogs and Sea Eagles teams to new heights, not only in terms of their on-field performance but also in their post-training recovery.

By equipping them with our premium footwear, we aim to enhance their overall well-being and ensure they are primed for success in their forthcoming season.

We are truly excited about the opportunity to contribute to the Bulldogs and Sea Eagles' journey as they strive for excellence, and we remain committed to their progress and prosperity. Together, we will forge a partnership that propels their performance and recovery to unprecedented levels in the seasons to come!



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Bulldogs Physiotherapist Testimonial

Don't just take it from us - hear what Adrian Low, the Head Physiotherapist has to say on why he recommends post-sport recovery in the Groove!



"On behalf of the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs NRL Rugby League Club, we would like to thank Ascent Footwear for being our Recovery Footwear Partner in 2023. The Ascent Groove Sliders and Thongs were professionally fitted by Paul and his team, the whole process being smooth and very informative to our High-Performance Coaches, staff and especially the players. We recommend and endorse Ascent and their recovery footwear for everyone and say in truth that the players and staff at our club have enjoyed wearing them and will continue to enjoy the benefits on their feet over the long 2023 season. Thank you Ascent Footwear!"




Q&A with Bulldogs Physio Adrian Low

What is your name and role at the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Club?

Head Club Physiotherapist

Can you explain your role in the club/team?

 Diagnose, treat (hands-on and exercise prescription), manage, and oversee injuries to the NRL squad
 Maintain/monitor the overall health of the NRL squad
 The medical and high-performance team aims to return players from injury to the field effectively and efficiently

What effect do exercise and training have on foot health in your opinion?

Exercise and training have both positive and negative effects on foot health. In ways it can help strengthen the foot, but also an overload in training coupled with a lack of proper support can be detrimental to foot health.

What common ailments, injuries and foot issues do you see across the club with your players?

Some common foot issues we see are plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy and turf toe.

What treatments do you recommend for these ailments and injuries?

Strength/prehab/soft tissue release programs, supportive footwear on and off the field, taping, orthotics.

Why does sport impact feet so greatly? Is it the shoes, or dysfunction in one's biomechanics?

Sport impacts feet as there is a lot of ground reaction force generated through the foot with every step. Both shoes and improper biomechanics contribute to common injuries seen in a player's feet.

Why is footwear so integral to your players in maintaining healthy feet, body and mind?

Footwear is integral as it provides comfort both on and off the field for the player. Proper fitted and individualised footwear can allow the athlete to perform but also prevent injury not only in the feet but up the chain in the lower limb and torso.

What footwear would you normally recommend for recovery, post-game, post-training or injury rehab?

Footwear that is normally recommended after training is something supportive and comfortable for their foot that maintains proper alignment.

What are your thoughts and feedback on Grooves for your players as well as how does it feel for your own feet?

Grooves provide both comfort and proper genuine support for the arch as well as aesthetics. It can be hard to find a slide/thong which provides all of this but the Grooves certainly tick all those boxes. Our Players have been wearing these sandals pre and post-training and at our recent camps with very positive feedback. Many have commented on the lightness and the actual support it provides, ease of wear and comfort both at the club and at home. I am a big fan, I have worn these now for 2 weeks and very much recommend Grooves to anyone.



Manly Sea Eagles Partnership

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the Manly Sea Eagles team and provide them with our Groove sandals for post-sport recovery. It was an honour to visit the team and personally fit them with our range of Groove sandals. Ascent Footwear takes great pride in sponsoring such a legendary group of athletes, and we are excited to witness them fully utilising the benefits of our slides for their post-sport recovery.

With its exceptional design and advanced technology, our Groove range is specifically designed to assist in reducing the impact of rigorous training. We are confident that these new sandals will play a crucial role in aiding the team's recovery process

We understand that after engaging in sports activities, it is crucial to provide proper support to your feet to reduce strain on muscles and tendons, along with excellent cushioning to alleviate soreness.

Our Groove sandals are an ideal choice for the Manly Sea Eagles team members to enhance their recovery process and maintain optimal foot health. Ascent is excited about the opportunity to contribute to their performance and recovery as they gear up for the next season! 



Q&A with Head Physiotherapist Chris Bailey

What is your name and role at the Manly Sea Eagles?

My name is Chris Bailey and I am currently the Head Physiotherapist for Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

Can you explain your role in the club/team?

In my role, I manage our squad's acute injuries as well as managing ongoing recovery with our high-performance staff.

What common ailments, injuries and foot issues do you see across the club with your players?

We see players suffer and develop Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, Achilles Tendonitis and other lower limb injuries including toes.

What treatments do you recommend for these ailments and injuries?

Our players undertake strength programs on lower limbs, wear orthotics and use their Ascent Groove Slides and Thongs when they are on their feet post-training, around the club and when we are travelling with our busy in-season schedule.

Why does sport impact feet so greatly? Is it the shoes or dysfunction in one's biomechanics?

Rugby League is a contact running sport, heavily dependent on feet. Running, stepping, direction changes, jumping and other various movements are all feet dependent and at pace during the game requires important reliance on their feet. To continue to train and perform on the field in games, quality performance boots and recovery footwear like Grooves are super important and vital for our players. Footwear is significant but a player's biomechanics also is a factor.

What are your thoughts and feedback on Grooves for your players as well as how does it feel for your own feet?

In consultation and endorsed with our club podiatrist, we have Ascent's Recovery Footwear on board for our playing squad and performance coaching staff. We believe Ascents Groove Recovery Footwear allows our athletes to recover quickly and prevents common lower body niggles and injuries field-based athletes are prone to in the rigours of the week in week out performance and training. Thanks to Ascent, our players' feet are well looked after.



Technology & Features


The uniquely designed Groove outsole provides relief for people suffering from Plantar Fasciitis.

With built-in orthotic arch support and sports shoe cushioning, the Groove range sets a new benchmark in after-sport recovery and everyday footwear.

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