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Indoor Sports Monthly – December 2013

Volume 3, Issue 3

No one likes to yell. This issue of Indoor Sports Monthly offers some information about “turning down the volume” in a gymnasium by reducing impact sound. Read further and save your voice.

Tarkett History

Mark your Calendar for the 2014 IHRSA Convention

As an associate member of IHRSA, Tarkett Sports will be exhibiting at the 33rd Annual IHRSA Convention in San Diego, California on March 12-15. The IHRSA Convention is open to anyone involved in the fitness industry. To view a schedule and register for the event, visit Also, don't forget to visit Tarkett Sports at booth #845 to learn about our flooring solutions for fitness centers, including Omnisports multi-use sports flooring, EcoPure sports linoleum, and Dropzone weight room flooring.

Considering Impact Acoustics

Impact SoundEvery coach and teacher knows the overwhelming cacophony that comes with group sports. Calling out drills or instructions can become difficult in these circumstances. For that reason, impact acoustic properties are an important consideration when selecting a sports floor. Impact acoustics are not related to the absorption of sound, like acoustic tiles. They are associated with the reduction in sound from the impact of feet and bouncing balls. Resilient sports flooring, such as cushioned vinyl, tends to have better impact acoustics than hardwood. Cushioned vinyl sports floors disrupt the transfer of sound waves through the cellular construction of shock absorbing foam. On the other hand, hardwood courts tend to transfer impact sound in the same way a sounding board of a guitar reverberates with the vibration of a string. The result is a louder indoor environment when lots of activity is occurring…and probably a few coaches with laryngitis too.

Foam Backing Offers More than Just Shock Absorption

Not all vinyl sports floors are built the same way when it comes to impact acoustics. Tarkett Sports' Highly Cellularized Acoustic Foam (HCF™) has a dense cellular structure that allows fewer sound waves to be transmitted directly through the floor. HCF™ is the base layer of Omnisports and outperforms other surfaces in regard to sound transmission.

In-Room Sound Insulation

These are the number of decibels of in-room impact noise reduced by Omnisports according to the NF S31-074 standard.

  • Omnisports 3.5 mm = 62 dB
  • Omnisports 5.0 mm = 61 dB
  • Omnisports 6.5 mm = 61 dB
  • Omnisports 8.3 mm = 62 dB

Below-Room Sound Insulation

These are the number of decibels reduced by Omnisports in transmitting sound to the room below (ISO 717/02).

  • Omnisports 3.5 mm = 19 dB
  • Omnisports 5.0 mm = 19 dB
  • Omnisports 6.5 mm = 19 dB
  • Omnisports 8.3 mm = 20 dB
  • Omnisports 8.3 mm = 20 dB

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