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Sports surface evaluation

Sports surface evaluation

Quality assurance of sports facilities and sports surfaces

OFI participates in the relevant national and international standards committees in the field of sports facilities and sports surfaces and is represented in the relevant working groups of ÖISS, the Austrian Institute for School and Sports Facility Construction. As a member of ISSS, the International Association for Sports Surface Sciences, OFI participates in the international development of sports surfaces.

Evaluate properties of sports surfaces

The essential properties of a sports surface or a special impact-reducing wall covering, summed up under the headings “protective function”, “sports function” and “technical properties”, are determined and evaluated in the accredited area.

OFI’s expertise can be consistently applied to the suitability assessment of systems and products (sports surfaces, flooring, cladding, etc.).


Protective function of sports surfaces or wall coverings

  • Reduction of the risk of injury in case of falls
  • Protection of the musculoskeletal system of the person practicing the sport

Determining parameters for this are, for example: Force reduction, shock absorption, deformation, friction and sliding behavior.


Technical characteristics of a sports surface

Properties that ensure that the sports surface can withstand the expected stresses over the longest possible period of time without any change in its protective and sports functional properties.

Determination parameters for this are, for example:

  • Thickness
  • Mechanical strength
  • Wear
  • Resistance to UV light
  • Fire properties
  • Water permeability

Head of Sports Technology

DI Walter Müller
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