To the average person, padding the walls of a gym seems odd. It isn’t until you or a loved one gets into a more physical sport, like mixed martial arts, or wrestling, or gymnastics, or even cheer or any other martial art, that the reason for gym wall padding becomes obvious. The fact of the matter is, when you’re throwing someone, flipping, leaping off things, or doing any number of moves where your body is in motion for an extended period of time, if you come into contact with that wall it is going to hurt.
The best way to prevent that hurt? Pad the wall
Sometimes we misjudge our aim, or where that flip is going to put us. The punishment for a mistake like that can be anything from sprains to broken bones, and those injuries can put you out of commission for a long time. A broken leg can take years to mend and the leg won’t be the same after (I know of people who have broken a leg and it now aches whenever a storm is approaching). Anything you can do to prevent those injuries is A Big Deal.
Gym wall padding is just one item in the injury prevention toolkit. It protects from the results of an impact with the wall, just as floor padding saves you from a fall or being slammed into the floor. It is not the only method of protection – far from it.
Post padding protects you from running into the post, and can double as something to hit when practicing kicks, punches, and other moves. It doesn’t replace a punching bag, of course, but it does still provide an option. If you are wondering how running into a post can be an issue, you should look at this from the point of view of someone that has kids in their class. Kids are prone to zooming around without paying much attention to their surroundings, and it’s not unusual for them to run right into any available surface after a small distraction. Even adults sometimes miss their intended target and wind up whacking into posts, so don’t forget to pad those poles – especially if your gym has a lot of support posts.
There’s a specific way to wrap your hands when you’re punching things to help prevent injury, and personal padding is always beneficial, especially for wrestlers. Knee pads and elbow pads help ease pressure and reduce the impact that can come from elbowing an especially bony opponent.
Although some of the responsibility is on the people using the gym to keep themselves safe, you should never, ever, ever skimp on safety yourself. Anything that you can do to keep the people using your gym from getting hurt is important to pursue, and can save you a lot of pain and money in the long run – some insurance policies will demand certain things be in place in order for you to be able to even have a policy with them, for example. If you’re a high-risk operation and you’re not doing anything to reduce that risk, you’re going to be in a world of trouble.
The final word
So don’t skimp on the pads! Gym wall padding, floor padding, post padding, and general injury prevention are really important to keeping everybody in your gym happy and healthy. When everyone’s happy and healthy, you benefit, too – and everybody gets to spend more time at play and less time worrying. Contact Us today for a quote.