The importance of shock pads
An additional shock absorbing layer will work together with the infill to provide extra protection as well as natural cushioning. The result is excellent shock absorption and a good, predictable bounce of the ball. It also increases the life expectancy of the artificial turf pitch.
For Football, GAA, Rugby and Hockey shock pads improve overall performance, reduce injuries and add to the lifespan of the surface. Shock pads are also hugely important to meet FIH (Federation International Hockey, FIFA Quality (FIFA 1 Star & FIFA 2 Star), GAA and IRB regulations.
How do shock pads increase the lifespan of your synthetic pitch?
Developments in shock pad technology has meant increased safety, better performance and a longer lifespan for your synthetic grass.
The pad protects underneath the grass surface from abrasion and reduces the risk of compaction which again accelerates damage to the fibres and backing.
Shock pads also, to a certain extent, help prevent flattening of the grass as the fibre is being supported to come up again and stay in its original upright position.
Should I add a shock pad?
There is an additional cost to installing a shock pad. To help you make a decision it would be worth taking the following factors into consideration:
- What sport(s) will be played on the pitch?
- Is it a low impact or high contact sport? Could there be a serious injury risk involved if not installed?
- MUGAs or multi-sport pitches tend only to need a sand infill however on a pitch where children are playing an additional shock absorbing layer would be hugely beneficial. The shock pad gives a soft-landing surface for children with varying critical fall heights which are dependent on the type and thickness of the foam used.
Choosing the right shock pad
Choosing the right type of shock pad for your pitch is key. There are variations in thicknesses, densities and materials, while some are produced in a factory and mixed and laid on site. Shock pads need to be expertly installed to reap the full benefits.
Don’t worry our team will be able to discuss the various options with you.
Alveo Prefabricated versus In-Situ Shock Pad
We are often asked whether a prefabricated pad is superior to a poured in-situ type pad. Below are some of the main reasons we always go with an Alveo prefabricated shock pad over an In-Situ:
- Given the controlled production environment and permanent quality control in The Alveo factory, we can guarantee constant high quality.
- The Alveo shock pad can be installed in all conditions, even in rain, without the integrity of the shock pad being affected.
- The Alveo shock pad comes with a 25-year warranty while an In-Situ comes with a maximum of five years.
- A pitch has never failed a field test from an Alveo shock pad. This is not the case with the In-Situ Pad.
- Alveo shock pads also have a higher drainage capacity, are easier to clean and can be removed if necessary.
- Many In-Situ systems do not have enough binder and fail after few years.