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Indoor Sports Monthly – August 2013

Volume 2, Issue 11

In this issue of Indoor Sports Monthly, we answer a fundamental question: Why choose sports flooring in the first place? The answer is that there are plenty of reasons to use a sports floor, many of which you will see here.

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Why Use a Sports Surface?

Carpet, VCT, and Sports FlooringIn this era of budget concerns, it might be tempting to use non-sports surfaces in your gym, like carpet, VCT, or even concrete. Before making that choice, it is important to understand that sports floors are specifically designed for physical activity. Characteristics like shock absorption, optimal surface friction, vertical deformation, and ball rebound create the conditions for proper game play, but most importantly safety. Commercial flooring, like carpet or VCT, may not exhibit suitable sports characteristics and are not tested according to the ASTM F2772 sports flooring standard. Here is an overview of the importance of each sports property found in ASTM F2772:

Shock Absorption: A surface with little or no shock absorption is more likely to make athletes uncomfortable over time, easily fatigued, and more prone to stress injuries such as shin splints. Non-sports surfaces are typically designed for walking traffic only, not vigorous activity. Athletes engage the floor in a more strenuous way.

Surface Friction: In sports such as basketball, players need to plant a foot on the playing surface and pivot. Carpet, VCT, or floors with waxes/sealers may not provide the optimal coefficient of friction, which is between 80 and 110. This could cause unexpected or abrupt stops in motion, potentially causing a fall.

Vertical Deformation: Shock absorbing floors typically deform under a vertical load. The degree and uniformity of this property can affect the safety of athletes. For non-sports surfaces, this property is not considered in the same way.

Ball Rebound: The amount of energy that a floor returns to a bouncing ball needs to be adequate for basketball and other sports. With carpet or VCT, this property is rarely tested and confirmed to be suitable.

More than Just Basketball

Tarkett Sports’ Omnisports is an ideal surface for basketball and volleyball, but it is equally suited for other activities, like yoga, martial arts, aerobics, and many others. In fact, Omnisports is an approved surface by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), International Handball Federation (IHF), and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). For more details, contact a Tarkett Sports representative.

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