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When to Replace Sports Padding

By Michelle Robinson Padding is only as good as the protection it provides. When vinyl and foam are subjected to varying temperatures, extreme weather conditions, areas of activity, or the passage of time, they are subject to wear and tear. Under these circumstances, padding may tear, separate, sag, or deteriorate. Even constant impact can affect
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Replacing Your Gym Floor

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Their organizations are located around the world and boast a total of over 1.8 million members in 15,000 councils. One of those councils is the Kenmore Knights of Columbus in Buffalo, NY. The Kenmore facility hosts a wide variety of community events for
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Five Ways Gym Equipment Can Make Money for Your School

In an era of shrinking budgets, school administrators shouldn’t neglect the revenue possibilities from turning a gymnasium into a multi-use facility. By specifying the right gym equipment, you can maximize the use of your space and host more events, creating an additional revenue stream. Here are five pieces of gym equipment that can make money
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School Playground Equipment Considerations

Educators know that play is one of the most effective ways for children to learn. That is why a well-designed and well-installed playground is an indispensable part of a school. Here, we provide some suggestions for School Boards and PTAs to consider when choosing playground equipment and installing play structures on their grounds. Before you
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Why Playground Surfacing Matters

When you are building a playground, surfacing may be the last thing you think of. However, surfacing is of the utmost importance. In fact, when you are building a playground, track or some other environment that relies upon safety flooring, surfacing, and the process that creates it should be a high priority. So, why is
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Today's Preferred Sports Surface

Sports flooring differs immensely from floors designed for any other purpose. Because the needs of athletes come first, performance, safety and comfort are inherent characteristics.   Floor design can focus on a specific activity, say aerobics versus basketball, or on multiple purposes to suit the exact need of a facility or application: gymnasiums; handball, squash
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Making the Shift to Artificial Turf

Jackson Christian in Jackson, Tennessee, has launched construction of an artificial turf installation on the newly named Southern Capital Field at Ronnie Fowler Stadium.   Founded in 1976, Jackson Christian is a private, college preparatory school located in Jackson, Tennessee. With an enrollment of more than 840 students, the school offers programs for infants through
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Color Students and Faculty Happy with Green and Gold Track

By Carolyn Mitchell How’s life in the fast lane? Much more colorful these days for student runners at Knoxville Catholic High since Competition Athletic Surfaces resurfaced the school’s track with alternating lanes of green and gold. The two-color renovation demonstrates the Chattanooga company’s willingness to attempt untried assignments, collaborate with suppliers to accommodate customers’ budgets
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The Benefits of New Equipment for High School Gyms

The benefits of new gym equipment extend far beyond specific sports training. A strong physical fitness program that utilizes strength training equipment helps students develop healthy habits that will accompany them through life. For years, physical education classes have often focused more on general activities—think dodge ball and annual fitness tests—and less on strength training
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Freedom to Play Instills Lifelong Skills

Play has an invaluable role in encouraging whole-child development. Playgrounds are a microcosm of adult-life where roles are defined and rules are adhered to or broken. But above and beyond learning life lessons—such as trial and error, sharing and competing—it’s on the playground that children learn persistence, leadership, competition, bravery, support and empathy. It’s these
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Playground Surfacing with Poured in Place Rubber

When it comes to recreation surfaces, durability is second only to safety. Poured in place rubber playground surface is a durable, permanent surface option—making it safe, long-lasting and virtually maintenance-free! The rubber playground surface material is highly customizable for depth, color, shape and design. The pour in place method allows for a recreational flooring surface
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More Than Just a Game: The Future of High School Athletic Fields

According to a recent survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), over 7.8 million U.S. students currently participate in high school sports, breaking previous records for the 27th consecutive year. As participation and support for every sport from soccer to football, lacrosse, and track and field continues to grow, so do
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Why You Should Consider Anchored Resilient Sports Flooring for Your School

By Ron Fenhaus From sporting events to after-school activities, your school’s gymnasium is designed to serve a multitude of purposes built to withstand the test of time. And for schools that have hardwood floors, there’s more to that flooring system than the boards beneath your feet. Hardwood floor systems are comprised of multiple layers, and
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5 Ways to Ensure Playground Safety

Once the summer winds down and school starts up again, you can be sure that your school’s playground will be in full use. Ensuring that your school’s playground is in sync with safety standards should be a top priority before the start of the school year for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, over 20,000 children each year
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5 Must-Haves for Elementary PE

By Jason Gemberling Parachutes, cones, hula-hoops, more cones, poly spots, mats, the list goes on and on for what an elementary physical education teacher has in his or her equipment closets, but what would an elementary PE teacher call their essentials? I started my teaching career at the elementary level at Wakefield Forest Elementary School
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Building Your Dream Playground One Phase at a Time

By Eric Torrey If you have ever envisioned your dream playground, presented your ideas to a commercial playground design consultant, and then been shocked by the cost – you are not alone. Playgrounds can be expensive. When faced with this reality, many people amend their dreams and “settle” for what they can afford. This does
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