The global health and wellness industry was estimated to reach $4.75 trillion in 2019, which suggests millions of people are taking their health seriously and participating in activities to help them achieve their fitness goals. For substantial health benefits, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends:
“adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) to 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Preferably, aerobic activity should be spread throughout the week. Additional health benefits are gained by engaging in physical activity beyond the equivalent of 300 minutes (5 hours) of moderate-intensity physical activity a week.”
Flooring is the base of every physical activity
Whether running, playing basketball, tennis, or other sports as part of a healthy exercise routine, every participant uses a floor. Most people think about the activity they’re doing and how it might improve their health, but do they consider the flooring it takes place on?
Physical exercise gets your heart moving and muscles strengthened, but there are other effects these activities can have on your health. Let’s explore how flooring can impact overall wellbeing from your joints to injury prevention.
Bouncing back to better health: shock absorption and vertical deformation
When it comes to sports flooring, it’s crucial to understand how the floor will be utilized and to ensure the right materials or system are used along with proper installation methods.
Designing an ideal exercise area requires quality sports flooring with:
- Adequate shock absorption: To help protect our bodies, joints, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons, it’s important to make sure your floor and subfloor have the right amount of give. An athletic floor can reduce the impact force felt through your body via a foot impact during an athletic activity.
- Proper vertical deformation: Not enough vertical deformation could lead to an increase in acute injuries, but too much may impede performance and decrease stability. An athletic floor’s vertical deformation is the measurement it deflects/compresses under your foot’s impact during an athletic activity.
The nitty gritty: shock absorption
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2772 criteria states shock absorptions should be a minimum of 10 percent, although shock absorption greater than 22 percent should be used for competitive sports.
The higher the percentage, the higher classification is awarded to the surface. Anything under 10 percent is considered non-compliant. These standards were developed in 2009 and established the minimum criteria for indoor sports floors in North America.
Playing it safe: traction
Having the right give and the right traction can help users achieve peak performance and help prevent injuries like slipping from poor traction, or falling due to its level of give. Standards indicate compliant surfaces will have a sliding coefficient value between 80 to 110. The right floor should be in place according to the activity it will be used for. For instance, quality maple or synthetic floors have the right amount of give and traction for a variety of sports, while recycled rubber flooring provides ideal traction and support for a weight room.
Maintenance is key
Properly maintaining a sports floor after it’s installed is also an important step in helping users avoid slips and falls. Based on the sports floor you have installed, an experienced contractor will provide you instructions on how to maintain your floor, for safety, and to extend the life and quality of the floor for many years.
Determining the appropriate flooring system for its intended use is important for a variety of reasons. The right level of shock absorbtion, durability, and traction need to align with particular types and levels of use. An experienced sports floor contractor can advise the best type of flooring system based on the intended use as well as the environment and geographical region, which are also factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing the best floor system.
Whether resurfacing, replacing, or installing new solid maple sports floor systems, synthetic surfaces, or recycled rubber, Action Floors provides sports flooring systems optimized for the health and wellness of their users. To learn more about the right floor for your project, contact us today. We have your wellness in mind, too.