Everybody has either played upon a proper timber sprung floor, or watched their kids play basketball or netball on one of these great competition purpose built surfaces.
According to our research, the creation of just the right surface is quite an artform. It is the result of trial and error, of genuine experience and ensuring the very best technology is engaged in creating an A-grade competition surface.
Sports Floor Requirements
There are certain Sports Floor requirements that are non negotiable. Preparing a good horse racing track requires a surface that provides just the right amount of give – Sprung Timber Flooring is much the same. If it’s too hard it can cause repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and too soft, it becomes tiring for players. It should be springy returning energy allowing to lift the feet whilst moving, yet not too springy like a trampoline. It must be even and flat with only minimal variation across the entire surface, a flat even finish. It must absorb the energy of falls thus reducing injury as well.
Traction must be fine tuned. Too much leads to ankle twisting and knee strain, too little and it can become very slippery and dangerous. There should be no sideways movement – if it occurs, balance is hampered.
It is essentially area elastic as opposed to ‘point’ elastic. It should depress underfoot as a wooden floor as opposed to a sponge rubber or heavy vinyl floor. Overall the sports flooring will be elastic but it can be point elastic on the very surface.
The timber selection requires player visibility – with the colour being not too dark or too light, with good acoustics being neither too loud nor too soft as players move about.
Lastly it must tolerate liquid spills yet provide a surface where such spills are easily cleaned leaving no residues (Spillage of liquids on such surfaces can cause major injury if not properly managed and cleaned).
Multi Purpose Floors
Many such high performance floors constructed are actually multi-purpose, doubling as Assembly Halls, Dance Surfaces and are used for passive exercise such as Tai Chi, children’s gymnastics and other activities. Matting is often added for such activities as Gymnastics, Martial Arts or Wrestling.