Agility is the ability to rapidly and accurately change the body’s position and is an important skill in a variety of sports, including volleyball, track and field, lacrosse, soccer, basketball and football. In fact, any rigorous sport will require agile athletes.
Agility training is imperative for the development of competitive athletes. As can be imagined, agility training is often marked by accidents and injuries. As such, efforts should be made to reduce the impact of falls and other mishaps while training. Injuries can be minimized in the appropriate training environment, and many facilities, including at-home gyms, are using artificial turf for that reason.
Protection from Injuries
The artificial turf available now has shock-absorbent padding that minimizes the impact of exercise on the joints, especially the ankles and knees. Shock-absorbent turf can reduce the occurrence of shin splints, the onset of muscle aches from heavy workouts and repetitive moves, and the impact of falls.
Artificial turf is made of monofilament nylon material which makes it a durable foundation for intense training. It can withstand extreme exercise activity and weight equipment without damage. Because of its durability, turf does not suffer the same wear and tear of other exercise foundations, and athletes are capable of using it for rigorous and repetitive training. A well-maintained turf can last between 10-15 years.
Artificial turf is nonabrasive and slip resistant. Because of the rigors of agility training, these attributes are desired to avoid skin abrasions, bruising, and unnecessary falls during intense workouts. Due to the turf’s durability and resistance to damage, continual use of a well-maintained turf should not appreciably affect its safety attributes over its usable lifetime.
Good for Daily Use
Unlike natural grass, artificial turf can withstand daily, rigorous use. This feature is related to its durability and, if used outdoors, its resistance to weather conditions. This means that an athlete can maintain a regular, daily training schedule on artificial turf without causing it damage.
Accommodates Multiple Activities
Artificial turf is conducive to agility training because it is easy to run and move on in contrast to other rubber-based training floors. For athletes who play outdoor sports on grass, an indoor artificial turf allows for year-around training regardless of weather conditions. Artificial turf mimics grass, so training on turf properly prepares the athlete for game day on natural grass. The turf’s durability and surface features are also conducive to sled work and other forms of strength training.
Because of its durability and shock-absorbing construction, artificial turf is the ideal foundation for agility training: it allows for repetitive and intense training while minimizing the risk of injury and chronic pain commonly associated with exercise. Contact Keystone Sports Construction for more information on artificial turf installations in Philadelphia.