There are a lot of considerations in choosing a sports floor, but one factor that should not be overlooked is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Indoor sports facilities are places for athletic competition, but they are also places that promote health through physical activity. Creating a healthy indoor environment for players and facility users should be a key part of any sports flooring decision for schools, gymnasiums, churches, community centers, and fitness centers.
Approximately 61 million people in the United States suffer from asthma or allergies, making it more prevalent than diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cancer combined. Asthma alone is responsible for 10.5 million school absences per year and allergy cases now affect one in five Americans. Some causes of this epidemic cannot be controlled, like genetics and outdoor conditions, but indoor air quality is one factor that can. It can have a dramatic impact, too. Since we spend around 93% of our time indoors, good IAQ is the most effective environmental remedy for asthma and allergy sufferers. On the other hand, poor IAQ not only exacerbates asthma and allergies, it can also cause headaches and dizziness among facility users.
Creating a healthy space for sports and physical education activities is only fitting. We have a solution that is certified asthma and allergy friendly. Omnisports was the first sports flooring to receive the asthma & allergy friendly™ certification from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
The asthma & allergy friendly™ certification was developed to scientifically test and identify products that are healthier for asthma and allergy sufferers. For flooring, this involves:
- A low capacity for allergen retention
- The ability to remove accumulated allergen by the recommended cleaning technique
- A recommended cleaning that will not result in exposure of the operator to airborne allergen
- An installation that does not result in elevated levels of chemicals such as: formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other VOCs.
As per CDC, asthma is a leading chronic illness among children and adolescents in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. On average, in a classroom of 30 children, about 3 are likely to have asthma. Creating a healthy indoor environment for players and facility users should be a key part of any sports flooring decision
Sources - www.tarkettsportsindoor.com, www.cdc.gov and www.epa.gov