Soft-fall refers to a kind of flooring which embeds an impact absorbing medium to slow down a person who had fallen off from a certain height, so as to minimise the shock of the fall via deceleration.
Because of this unique responsibility, soft-fall is commonly found in most children’s playgrounds. These surfaces often come with more than fall-protection but also meet the Critical Fall Height (CFH) and Head Injury Criterion (HIC) standards set up by each country. Of which, wet-pour rubber and rubber mulch are two more popular materials to such surfaces. The former embraces multiple colours, adding to the aesthetic pleasure, making a playground more attractive to children of different ages. While the latter allows a recreational space looks more natural but not losing its sturdiness.
Rubber soft-fall can also be seen in schools or Multi-use game areas (MUGA) within parks or leisure facilities. In educational compounds, soft-fall surface is meant for physical education lessons, because of its flexibility and as a cost-effective way to flooring. Flexibility means that the surface allows all kinds of non-aversive activities to take place and also enable various types of markings to cater for different events. Similarly, rubber soft-fall in MUGA will permit more than one type of sports and its low maintenance makes it widely welcome.
We can spot traces of soft-fall running track or areas where competitive sports and athletics events take place. Often EPDM polymeric rubber is employed to lay across the macadam sub-base, so as to offer the maximum grip for sportsmen while withstanding the continuous friction and sharp pressure accumulated via different kinds of training and practices. Athletes will also be worry-free from the notion that the floor may affect their training results or competition performance.
Occasionally, rubber soft-fall may appear along pavements, footpaths, or driveways because of its pleasing look and its water drainage ability. Furthermore, unless it is not properly installed or a good rubber soft-fall permits a long period of use, with little maintenance involved. As it does not permit the seeping of moisture, this will ensure a lesser chance for contamination and prevent having a slippery floor; guaranteeing the safety of most users.
Rubber soft-fall has been commonly integrated into our daily lives which we may have fail to notice, next time, while you bypass any of the areas mentioned above, do give a closer look to see if you can spot any of their traces.