When it comes to investing in wall pads, your priority should be safety and impact absorption. Therefore, you'll need to choose pads with the appropriate size and thickness. Thick pads prevent injuries and offer a decorative back wall or fence option.

Field Wall Pads offers a wide selection of wall padding for all types of outdoor athletics. Contact us today to learn more about how our custom pads can keep your athletes safe.

Athletic Padding Considerations

Below are some items to consider before you purchase athletic wall pads.

Establish Your Purpose

Wall pads are designed to provide valuable shock absorption to keep competitors healthier and safer. Various pads serve different purposes. Some pads contain a softer surface to absorb impact, while others are designed to withstand extreme shock.

Therefore, when choosing a wall pad, you must establish your purpose. Will the pad be used for football, baseball, basketball, or other sports? For example, football and basketball are extremely intense sports where players can slam into walls and should have extra protection.

You should also consider how your wall pads can perform double duty. Depending on their placement in your athletic facility, the wall pads can add safety for your players and heightened graphics for your fans. 

Determine where your wall padding will be placed and design it for maximum cheering, marketing, and inspiration for everyone who enters your facility.

Identify the Sport(s) You Will Need the Pads For

One of the most important considerations for the thickness of your wall pads is the sports you will need them for. If you need the wall padding for higher contact events like basketball, baseball, football, and other stadium sports, they will need to be of a greater thickness. 

If you need the padding to surround your outdoor track and field facility, it will not need to be as thick because it's a non-contact sport. If you're investing in wall padding for non-contact sports, there is no reason to need extraordinarily thick wall pads. 

When you come to us for your wall padding and design needs, we will hold a meeting with you to determine what you need your wall pads for and the level of thickness that will suit your needs best.

Determine the Padding Needs of Your Facility

Athletic wall pads must cover all walls, fences, or other barriers that could hurt players. Therefore, you should identify all areas that apply. You can customize your wall pads to suit any facility design. Whether you are padding the inside of a gym or a brick wall along the back of a baseball field, there is a wall pad design to match. 

The key areas you should cover are parts of the wall where your athletes see the most action. So if a football player runs into the end zone, the wall behind the end zone should take the highest priority. If a basketball player risks falling into the bleachers, you should also line the bleachers with padding. 

The specifications of your wall pads change depending on their intended purposes, what you request, safety guidelines, and the opinions of our safety team. When you come to our team at Fieldwallpads.com, we'll schedule an initial consultation to determine your needs and establish a free quote for you.

When you're considering your wall pads, you need to look into the layout of your facilities to determine the areas that are most at risk for injuries. For instance, you need to consider the following:

  • The surface of the wall
  • Brick
  • Chain link
  • Cement
  • Metal
  • How close the walls are to the field of play
  • Any posts, railings, or bleachers
  • Step guards
  • And more

Once you establish areas of concern, you can contact our team to determine how thick the wall pads should be to prevent injuries.

Calculate the Thickness

As soon as you establish where you need wall pads, we will get to work determining how thick they should be. At Fieldwallpads.com, based on our years of independent research, we have determined that the basic wall pad thickness is about two to three inches for superior shock absorption. 

High-impact pads contain a layer of polyethylene foam laminated to a bottom layer of custom-formulated polyurethane foam. This combination ensures maximum shock absorption while also making the pad sturdy. 

The foam will absorb a great deal of the impact while also resisting it enough that the people in the collision gently bounce off to avoid worse dangers below the surface of the padding. 

The pads are still suitable for all types of athletic competitions and be firm enough so that athletes can impact them without hitting the wall behind the pad. To learn more, contact Fieldwallpads.com.

The Importance of Installing Wall Pads

Investing in a pad with the appropriate thickness and design for your sports program and player skill level is important when purchasing athletic wall pads. Choosing the right wall padding protects your athletes from concussions or other injuries

If you buy a pad that doesn't offer the shock absorption, cushion, or resistance the sport requires, your competitors risk serious injury that could prohibit them from competing in sports or lead to life-altering disabilities. 

As an athletic director, coach, or educational administrator, you should consider the cost of leaving the walls open with no protection.

Custom Athletic Wall Pads for Your School

If you are looking for athletic wall pads for your college or university, contact Field Wall Pads. We offer a wide range of custom wall pads for all types of sports. Our wall pads are designed to keep your athletes safe and free from injury. 

To find out more about our products, contact us at 1-800-257-6405, or message us on our contact page.