Guide to sports padding for indoor, outdoor spaces

Ensure safety in any indoor or outdoor play area with sports wall padding. Indoor padding utilizes interior-grade wood backing, while outdoor padding employs exterior-grade wood backing. These customizable and visually appealing pads offer enhanced athlete protection, making them ideal for basketball courts, gymnastics centers, play areas, stadiums and more. Explore different padding types, crucial features, and distinctions between indoor and outdoor options.

Types of Sports Wall Padding:

  • Indoor and outdoor padding safeguards play areas.
  • Suitable for various sports: baseball, football, gymnastics, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, soccer, hockey, and more.
  • Necessary for liability protection in facilities hosting these sports, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Absorption padding available for stages, touchdown zone goal posts, and backstops.

Important Features:

  • Wood Backing: Facilitates easy replacement or removal for storage during the off-season.
  • Foam Options: Choose options from a 1” to 4” thickness.
  • Cover: Vinyl and polyester covers resistant to mildew, rot and UV light.
  • Customization: Tailor padding with cut-outs for wall features, advertising school pride, team names and various customizable options.
  • Fire Resistance: Select fire-resistant pads for indoor wall padding to prevent the spread of fire.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Padding:

  • Fire Resistance: Indoor padding requires fire-resistant cover material (ASTM E-84-08a), while outdoor padding is not typically fire-resistant due to different safety standards.
  • Wood Backing: Indoor padding uses interior-grade wood, while outdoor padding uses exterior-grade wood.

Padding systems protect players from virtually any surface from simple flat walls to columns, doorways and overhead obstructions, both indoor and outdoor.

This article was originally published by Aer-Flo Sports and products can be found on the Aer-Flo Sports website.