The type of flooring used in a sports space is crucial for keeping it in optimal condition for longer.
It also helps to preserve sports equipment and gives users a higher degree of comfort and safety.
The influence of flooring in a sports space
The shock absorption and vibration dissipation capacity of flooring solutions directly influences several factors. It helps to preserve training equipment, contributes to athlete safety and ultimately plays a major role in protecting building structure.
About sports equipment
Using the right flooring for a sports venue and its equipment may make all the difference in terms of durability.
Just think how often bars with discs, dumbbells and kettlebells fall on the floor in a training area. If the sports flooring is cement, for instance, energy dissipation will be greatly reduced. This would mean great wear and tear for the training equipment with each dropped piece. Lots of discs at gyms start cracking quickly.
Using thicker sports flooring, with enhanced shock absorption capacity, boosts energy dissipation. There is less wear and tear from constant use and the equipment stays in good condition for longer.
All sports equipment subject to regular falls/impact requires first class shock absorption to reduce the risk of damage.
For athletes, sports flooring should deploy suitable materials. For example, high-density rubber flooring offers enhanced joint comfort and safety.
When workouts involve jumping, falling or sudden changes of direction, flooring with good shock absorption is a must. This reduces the risk of short and long-term injuries.
The non-slip properties of the materials used for sports flooring help in certain sports, offering users greater safety.
In short, shock and vibration absorption must be combined with good stability to protect athletes.
About building structure
The vibrations when heavy loads fall don’t just affect where they fall. The whole structure shakes. In a gym or CrossFit box, falls are commonplace and vibrations are a feature. As well as causing problems for adjacent spaces, this will cause long-term damage to the building, potentially leading to cracks appearing.
High-density rubber flooring solutions (such as Gymfloor and Alpha Tiles) vary in thickness. The thicker the flooring, the greater the shock absorption, and the impact on the substrate and space structure is lower.
When selecting flooring for sports spaces, consider the type of sport in question. Installing Gymfloor with 6 mm thickness is a good solution for functional training spaces. However, for activities such as cross-training, where weights regularly drop on the floor, this solution is not enough. Go for a more robust solution, such as Alpha Tiles.
Geometrik offers sports flooring solutions with different levels of protection. Investing from the outset in first class materials means saving money in the long term.