Indoor Sports Monthly – February 2017
Volume 6, Issue 5
Creating a versatile athletic facility in one of the best ways to make use of limited space on campus. This issue of Indoor Sports Monthly gives an example of just how valuable versatility can be.
Join Tarkett Sports at NJSBGA
On March 13 through 15, Takett Sports will be exhibiting (booth #714) at the New Jersey School Building and Grounds Association (NJSBGA) Expo. The event will take place at the Harrah’s Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Stop by booth #714 learn more about the wide variety of flooring solutions available to schools through Tarkett Sports, including the popular Omnisports™ multi-use athletic surface and the high performance Lumaflex combi-elastic system.
Versatility Equals Value
On most campuses, space is limited. A dedicated sports arena comes at a high cost, because it is only used for one event type and sits idle most of the time. It requires a disproportional space considering its overall usage. In contrast, the most valuable athletic facility is usually the one that is most versatile.
Choosing the right floor can make a big difference in versatility. For instance, Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey chose Omnisports™ for its Student Recreation Center. Omnisports™ can host anything from a basketball game to a career fair with minimal transition time and low upkeep. At the same time, it provides the look and feel of a traditional athletic floor, including sports performance properties critical to comfort and safety. Click the link above to listen to Jill Shockley, Director of Auxiliary Services, explain what sets the Student Recreation Center apart from other buildings.
Asthma is a Growing Problem, but You can Do Something to Help
According to the latest facts and figures published by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), there are around 24 million Americans with asthma.1 The condition has increased in prevalence since around 1980 for demographic categories.1 Among chronic diseases, asthma is currently the top reason for missed school days among children.2 Its symptoms can also limit physical activity and participation in sports.
Asthma may seem like a problem that is unrelated to building materials like athletic flooring. However, a key strategy for mitigating asthma symptoms is indoor “environmental control.” Environmental control involves selecting indoor furnishings that reduce VOC emissions and contribute to the effective removal of allergens among other things. To help distinguish products that create better indoor conditions for asthma sufferers, the AAFA has created an asthma & allergy friendly™ certification program. By choosing certified building materials and products, you can do your part to help alleviate this costly disease. To find more relevant statistics related to asthma, visit the Asthma Facts and Figures page at aafa.org.
1) National Center for Health Statistics. Centers for Disease Control. Asthma. 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/asthma.htm. (Retrieved March 14,2016)
2) CDC. National Surveillance of Asthma: United States, 2001-2010. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_03/sr03_035.pdf. (Retrieved November 16 2015)
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