Ensuring the safety of all athletes who step foot on your athletic facilities is crucial. When an athlete hits a wall or other surface, either their body or the wall absorbs the majority of the impact. If the wall padding is not sufficient, the player may sustain a more serious injury because they take the majority of the impact.
When a player collides with a wall, the most common injury is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Other injuries, such as breaks and strains are common, as well. While any injury can be severe, TBIs are typically the ones with lasting repercussions. The most common TBI is a concussion, and though most concussions are mild, if you get multiple, you are at risk for long-term brain damage. Here, our experts at Fieldwallpads.com will discuss how to know if your equipment is keeping your athletes safe.
What is G-Max Testing?
G-max testing is used to determine the shock-attenuation performance of sports services, such as wall pads and different turf surfaces. The equation for determining the g-max rating is simple. It is:
● The maximum acceleration of an impact vs. an established normal/accepted rate of acceleration.
If your facility’s amenities have a high g-max rating, your athletes are more likely to be injured in a collision. If the g-max rating is high, the shock-attenuation of the wall pad or turf is poor, leading to more injuries. If your athlete collides with a wall or floor at a fast pace, you want that padding to absorb the brunt of the force, reducing the risk of your athlete breaking a bone, spraining a joint, or getting a TBI.
G-max testing examines the shock absorbency of your wall pads and compares them to the standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). From there, you have to decide whether your wall pads and turf performs at an acceptable rate, or if they need to be replaced.
ASTM Impact Standards
The ASTM is the most commonly used standard for shock absorbency. According to ASTM requirements, each test point in your facility as to be under 200 Gs, or it is considered unsafe and needs to be replaced. When you choose Fieldwallpads.com, you get a company that makes every product so it goes above and beyond the standards. We want your athletes to be protected, and we want your wall padding to last for years to come.
Testing Your Wall Pads
Most wall pads, including ours, are designed to last anywhere from seven to 15 years. We recommend that you test your wall pads once every year to ensure the g-max rating stays low and your athletes stay safe. How well your wall pads hold up depends on a variety of factors, including:
● Environmental conditions
● Pad construction
● Pad materials
● How well/how often they’re maintained
● Level of and frequency of impact
To ensure your wall pads are properly tested, you should contact a professional service. We recommend g-max Testing Services.
Contact Fieldwallpads.com Today
If you are looking for state-of-the-art padding for your athletic facilities, contact Fieldwallpads.com today. Our experts have installed custom padding for a variety of facilities across the country. To learn more about our products and services and how they can protect your athletes and fans, give us a call at 800-257-6405 or message us on our contact page.