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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
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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,
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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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