Bouncing balls, flying birdies and running shoes - these floors that take it all
Traditionally, gym floors were made of wood. Think back to high school and you can picture it - solid wood with enough stripes painted on to accomodate every sport you ever played - basketball, volleyball, even floor hockey and badminton. Unfortunately, science now teaches us that those traditional floors can cause high-impact injuries on athletes' shins, knees and other joints, yet they are still the most commonly used gym floors out there.
If the gymnasium at your or your child's school has a wood floor that needs to be either refinished or replaced, there are some options available and some points that should be considered.
What you need in a gym floor
Gym floors should have:
- Shock absorption
New gym flooring materials
If your school is looking to replace its gym floor, you may want to suggest they look into some of the newer options available. For instance, recommend gym flooring made of synthetic materials - they reduce fatigue injuries to the shins, calves, back and joints.
Padenpor is just one product that provides gyms with a multipurpose flooring system. Made of a recycled rubber base mat with polyurethane top coat for that high-gloss, seamless finish, Padenpor gym floors can be used outdoors or in. When used indoors, Padenpor floors have a high durability rating. Uniform in thickness and density, Padenpor gym floors can provide safety and security for athletes looking to maintain exceptional performance levels.
Gym floor accessories
New gym floors need protection, so it should have a floor cover. A floor cover is a protective pad that turns your gym into a multi-use facility. Protecting the new (or refinished floor) from scratches, water, dirt, scuff and other marks, a floor cover enables your gym to be safely used for other purposed without the risk of damage due to contact with tables, chairs and foot traffic wearing outdoor shoes.