The preferred option for major competition basketball is sprung timber flooring. For the uninitiated this is often the question in their minds – just what is the difference between Basketball courts with timber flooring and either vinyl, concrete or asphalt courts.
The first advantage is in Shock Absorption. This is vitally important to Athletes in terms of surface impact. With timber flooring shock absorption greatly reduces injury potential and risk. This is achieved through diverting force to the floor rather than that force being absorbed through the athlete’s bones, joints and ligaments.
The second major advantage is Ball Bounce. Compared to concrete, the wooden floor provides equal rebound measurements. However Ball Bounce is the response measured after reflecting on a wooden floor compared to concrete. The wooden flooring rates 100% compared to concrete.
Timber Flooring provides a Superior Surface
Wooden surfaces provide a uniform, level playing surface for all athletes. Wooden floors are superior to surfaces such as vinyl, concrete or asphalt, on which the athletes muscles must constantly adapt to subtle changes in the playing surfaces, causing fatigue and often resulting in increased energy use.
Timber Floor Maintenance
Correct maintenance of sports floors both improves the performance of the surface as well as extends its life. Sprung Timber flooring is recommended to be resurfaced at a minimum every 10 to 15 years. Layout, floor paint and line markings can be changed without too many issues as part of the maintenance program or the ultimate refurbishment of the timber flooring. Wooden sports flooring provides for ease of maintenance in any case. With regular re-sanding (every 7 to 12 years) and re-coating (every 12 months), Floor maintenance comes down to dust mopping to ensure nothing clings to the surface.
So the sprung floor absorbs shocks giving it a softer feel, reduces fatigue and risk of injury. Such a floor is in fact considered the best option for indoor sports, physical education, gymnastics and dance activity. Nellakir Sports Floors provide the highest quality timber floor installation and maintenance for all performance surfaces.
Modern vs Traditional Sprung Floors
Modern sprung floors are supported by Foam backing or rubber feet, whilst older traditional floors rely on bending woven wooden batons. Sprung timber floors are sometimes referred to as ‘floating floors’. The top layer of a sprung floor is a performance surface. With sports flooring this is generally a polyurethane coating.
Next week will look at the requirements for a top quality Sprung Timber competition flooring.