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Indoor Sports Monthly – November 2012

Volume 2, Issue 3

This issue of Indoor Sports Monthly offers information about choosing a multi-use floor and highlights some of the dangers of "extra grip" sneaker applications, which may cause damage to indoor sports surfaces.

Learning Environments

Mark your Calendar for the 2013 IHRSA Convention

As an associate member of IHRSA, Tarkett Sports will be exhibiting at the 32nd Annual IHRSA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 19-22. 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 511 to learn about our flooring solutions for fitness centers, including Omnisports multi-use sports flooring, EcoPure sports linoleum, and Dropzone weight room protection.

Sports Floors for Multi-Use Facilities

Multi-Use IllustrationWith budget concerns on the rise, many schools and athletic departments are opting for a multi-use sports facility that can house numerous sports and events in one space. In this regard, no other decision affects the functionality of a space more than flooring. Traditional hardwood court surfaces like Tarkett Sports' ClutchCourt are the competitive sports standard, but they can have slightly higher costs depending on how often a facility hosts non-sporting events. For events such as meetings and assemblies, hardwood floors need to be protected with carpet tiles or other materials, which can require storage space, extra time and labor costs. For significant multi-use functionality, a resilient sports surface like Omnisports might be the right choice. Omnisports requires no additional protection, providing an easier transition from sports to non-sporting events without storage requirements and time investment. In short, choosing a multi-use sports floor involves knowing the activities that will be hosted and how quickly the space will shift from one purpose to another. For more information about flooring for multi-use facilities, visit or consult with a Tarkett Sports representative.

"Extra Grip" Sneaker Applications Could Damage your Floor

There are a variety of products on the market that entice athletes with the promise of a competitive advantage. One example is "traction-enhancing" solutions that are applied to the sole of sneakers. These solutions typically contain acetone and silica. Their claims of improved movement and pivoting are still up for debate among players, but more importantly for facility managers, their effect on sports surfaces is also unknown. Acetone and silica are known to have negative effects on flooring, so it is plausible that applying these substances could cause damage. Some athletes have even reported damage or increased wear to their sneaker soles as a result of using these products. For these reasons, Tarkett Sports does not encourage the use of traction enhancing solutions on sneakers and recommends caution to coaches, athletes, and facility managers who might consider using them.

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