Our guide to gym mats & padding.



How Gym Mats & Padding 101 Works

For the past 40 years, we at Sport Systems have dedicated ourselves to designing, manufacturing and installing industry-leading athletic infrastructure and equipment.  Over time, we have fielded thousands of questions from our wonderful clientele and have found that in order to find the proper system, we typically have to answer the same core group of questions. 

Here they are along with some other helpful information:


Wall Padding

What Gym Mats do I use for Removable Wall Padding?

We use the Varsity style mats for any removable wall padding application.  They feature the lightest foam which in turn allows these mats to hang much more effectively on the installed Velcro...Click to Read More

What areas of my gym require wall padding?

The amount of wall padding a gymnasium needs has long been a topic of debate among facility operators and managers. The difficulty in assessing the right answer to this question lies in the fact that there is no regulating body on the matter, and that it can end up being very dependent on the unique needs of any particular gymnasium...Click to Read More

What is involved in the installation of Wall Padding?

A basic wall padding installation requires only a drill and some drywall screws.  If the wall pads are being installed into concrete, brick or cement, we would recommend using Tapcon screws to secure them.  The installation can usually be handled by your maintenance department or by any general contractor.

How much Wall Padding do I need behind my facility's Basketball Goals?

While there is no regulatory body on this, we do recommend that which the OPHEA authority states; allowing for a minimum of 16' of width and 6' of height for safety padding behind each basketball net, and not measuring more than 4" from the floor.

What is the standard height for Safety Wall Padding?

Most facilities go with approximately 6' in height but we can design wall padding up to 8' in height depending on your specific requirements.

Is your Padding fire rated?

We have an entire pad assembly that has passed CAN/ULC-s102 and is our premium level of padding.  The most common application for this type of padding is in de-escalation and/or quiet rooms.

How custom can you make Padding?

We have complete design services for virtually any type of padding. Padding is made to suit each application and we have a very experienced padding department that has designed and implemented many solutions to a wide array of configurations.


Padded Rooms

What kind of padded rooms does Sport Systems specialize in?

Our in-house design team gives us the opportunity to design wall padding for virtually any space.  We specialize in remand rooms, sensory rooms, treatment rooms, de-escalation rooms, calming rooms and seclusion rooms, just to name a few...Click to Read More

Can I install my padded room padding myself?

Yes!  While we do offer installation services, each completed padding project comes with detailed 3-D CAD drawings and instructions for installation by you or your maintenance staff...Click to Read More

Gym Mats

How do the Folding Gym Mats fold?

The gym mats fold in 2’ wide sections on the longest end of the mat. For example, with a 4’x8’ mat, the 8’ length is divided into four 2’ wide folding sections. When folded, the 4’x8’ mat measures 4’x2’x16”.

What is the difference between the Folding Gym Mats other than price?

The gym mats are all made with different types of foam or foam combinations. It is the foam type that determines what the best application is for that style of mat. Take a good look at the material specifications that detail the different foam types and their applications.

Do you make custom designed Gym Mats?

We have complete design services for virtually any type of padding. Matting and padding are made to suit each application and we have a very experienced padding department that has designed and implemented a variety of solutions to a wide array of applications and configurations.

What kind of testing does your organization use to ensure the strength and durability of your padding and gym mats?

All of our padding and matting products are subject to a number of rigorous tests, verifying their durability and ability to reduce shock from human impact. Our padding is sent out to independent labs that specialize in specific impact attenuation testing, and who provide us with detailed reports.

These comprehensive reports review any shortcomings any padding might have in any number of tests run. The requirements and standards used are all in accordance with ASTM International’s Standard Specifications for Indoor Wall/Feature Padding and other related specifications such as Head and Neck Injuries in Sports, Impact Attenuation of Surfacing Materials and Playground Equipment - completely dependent on the intended final use of the specified piece of padding...Click to Read More

What should be taken into consideration when purchasing gymnastics mats?

There are two main factors to consider when evaluating your next purchase of gym mats for use for gymnastics, whether for recreational use in a school setting, or in an advanced gymnastics facility.  Those two factors are thickness and material...Click to Read More

What kind of maintenance needs to be done to get the most out of my gym mats?

With the proper care, you can easily extend the life cycle of your gym mats.  Proper cleaning, repairs and conditions are key to making your gym mat investment last for many years...Click to Read More

Crash Pads

Do you manufacture crash pads for rock climbing gyms?

Yes, we provide our rock climbing customers and those in related industries with the very best in crash protection.  There are a few factors to take into consideration when shopping for a new crash pad for rock climbing, please Click Here to Read More.

We also manufacture a custom-designed line of crash pads for use with Pole Dancing exercises and studios.  Click Here to Read More

Pole Crash Pads

What kind of foam is used in your pole crash pads?

We use 100 ILD filler that is available in either 4” or 6” thickness. This level of thickness allows for the user to have firm footing all while allowing a soft enough cushion in the event of a fall.

What size do I need?

For beginners, we recommend selecting a larger and thicker option. For more experienced individuals, a smaller size is typically used.

Can I use this product for Aerial Exercise?

Yes – many of our customers use our pole crash pads for these types of activities.

Quote & Ordering Information

What information does Sport Systems need in order to receive an accurate quote?

Due to the specific needs of the variety of facilities and organizations that we service, we have created a number of resources to help in the quoting process. 

First, use our Custom Padding Details Reference Sheet to accurately and properly measure the dimensions of your project:

Custom Padding Details Reference Sheet

Using the information you have gathered by using the above Custom Padding Reference Sheet, fill out an online Request For Quote:

Online Custom Padding Quote

For additional information and a hard copy of our Quote Form, download our complete Guide to Custom Padding:

Custom Safety & Wall Padding Guide




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