Indoor Sports & Recreation Centres: How to Choose the Right Flooring

Whether it’s basketball, yoga, or Zumba, the floor is the single most important aspect of the venue when it comes to sports centres. As it is not cheap to install, it’s best not to get that part wrong. Take a quick look through the following suggestions and you will know exactly what to look for.

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Energy Dispersion

Energy dispersion is similar to shock absorption in effect but not in function. For example, if someone jumps on a surface that’s meant to absorb shock, it will sink and absorb the pressure into it. If the same individual jumps and lands on top of a surface that’s meant to disperse energy, a portion of the generated pressure would be dispersed over a larger area. For example, rubber cushioned floors are perfect for weight training rooms in a gym because they absorb most of the shock from falling weights. However, they are inadequate for basketball courts, indoor sports centres, yoga classes and any other similar activities.

Rubber cushioning is too soft, and it generates too much friction to support any sport, fitness, or recreational activities that require frequent jumping, quick directional changes, fast running, and speedy movements. Instead, indoor sports and recreational centres need the flexibility of specialised Boen Flooring. The flexible wood provides just enough flex and friction to prevent major injuries, without reducing the resistance necessary. 


If we are discussing a recreational venue, a community hall, a yoga centre, or a multipurpose indoor sports venue, you should be looking for a versatile flooring option—one that can support several different types of recreational activities. Toughened, engineered wood is always a great choice when the venue needs to support several different types of physical activities.

Nevertheless, you may want to list down the planned activities and talk with the flooring company to figure out what would be the ideal choice of flooring material. Note that you can always add a shock absorbing rubber mat later, but you can’t change the flooring as easily once it has been installed. 


An indoor fitness centre’s flooring should first be chosen based on suitability, in respect to the kind of activities which it will need to support. Next, the venue’s flooring must be safe enough for people to fall on it without hurting themselves. Once those two requirements are met, it’s time to consider the décor. 

From both a commercial and an aesthetic perspective, the flooring should look good. It should ideally match or complement the rest of the space. The interior décor of your indoor recreational venue will be a major factor in deciding how much the place appeals to the people using it. If it ends up looking too gloomy or out of place with the rest of the venue, people are less likely to come back or be enthusiastic about using it.

As a final suggestion that’s universally applicable, try to choose a pattern, colour, and design that does not make scratches as obvious as the others. Your choice of floor itself should be highly scratch resistant, but that only goes so far. If people use it frequently, it will almost certainly develop some.

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