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Indoor Sports Monthly – October 2012

Volume 2, Issue 2

This issue of Indoor Sports Monthly examines how sports surfaces are different from other floor types, particularly in regard to athlete safety, and offers ways to learn more about indoor sports flooring.

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Former Yankees Center Fielder Bernie Williams Cuts Ribbon on New Omnisports Courts

Former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams cut the ribbon on a newly completed athletic center with Omnisports flooring at the Harvey School in Katonah, NY. The 22,000 square foot facility houses two basketball/volleyball courts and a fitness center. Manhattan College basketball coach Steve Masiello was also in attendance. According to an online article by The Somers Daily Voice, Mr. Masiello was quoted as saying, "Obviously, to see a facility like this at a high school level, I'm blown away. It's just a sign of Harvey, the excellence that they have not only for student-athletes, but for the students." The Omnisports courts were installed by Advantage Sport USA, based in Winooski, VT.

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Choosing Sports Floors for Safety

If you have ever been told that it is OK to use carpet, VCT, or even concrete as a sports surface, please read further. Although these options can be considerably less expensive and may have other appealing qualities, they can be downright dangerous for athletes or children playing on the surface. Sports floors are specifically designed to provide safety as well as game performance. For example, a key characteristic of sports flooring is the appropriate level of friction. On carpet, a player's motion might be stopped abruptly because of the excessive amount of friction, causing him or her to fall. Another important factor is shock absorption. Surfaces like concrete do not reduce impact and some have suggested that they might contribute to an increase in shin splint injuries (medial tibial stress syndrome) among players. For these, and many other reasons, gyms and courts should be reserved for sports floors only, particularly those that meet the ASTM F2772 definition of a sports surface.

Better Information. Better Sports Facilities.

The first step in making good decisions about sports surfaces is to be well informed. Tarkett Sports offers a 1 hour "Lunch & Learn" course on indoor sports flooring (IND101) through the AIA's Continuing Education Program. Attendance earns 1 Learning Unit for Health, Safety and Welfare credit, which applies to MCE requirements for Architects. Each course is presented by an experienced Tarkett Sports representative and covers topics such as:

  • The definition of a sports floor
  • Understanding different sports flooring materials and their applications
  • The unique characteristics of a sports floor and how they facilitate physical activity
  • Governing standards for sports flooring

Whether you need MCE credits or just want to learn more about sports surfaces, contact Tarkett Sports to set up a session today.

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