Speed Skating Padding
Speed Skating is one of Canada's most challenging & exciting winter sports and one of the fastest competition sports in the world. With average skater speeds reaching up to 54 km/h (34 MPH) in Olympic competition, the risk of injury is high as well as the potential severity of injury.
Safety padding for speed skating facilities is vital and must adhere to strict specifications. Speed Skating Canada has developed a set of guidelines for establishing the minimum speed skating crash protection required for both practice and competitive applications. There are different requirements for long track and short track competition but both are determined by using the same formula:
Kinetic Energy Factor (KEF) = (skater mass in kg) / (fastest expected lap time in seconds)²
For a more extensive explanation on how to calculate your requirements, read our blog here.
Calculating the KEF value determines the safety padding required in each track zone for each level of competition. Long Track specifications and requirements are extensively laid out at Speed Skating Canada. Recently, in response to current studies showing unacceptably high instances of injury, Short Track specifications have been reevaluated. Sport Systems has responded by providing safety padding that meets all new criteria including, foam density, vinyl resistance to water, cracks & fire, Indentation Force Deflection (IFD), etc. Read our blog about short track requirements here.
Dimensions: 4’ x 8’ x 8”
Dimensions: 4’ x 8’ x 12”
MSRP Price: $565 USD / $754 CAD each
SPORT SYSTEMS' SPEED SKATING PADDING MEETS ALL CURRENT LONG TRACK & SHORT TRACK REQUIREMENTS AS LAID OUT BY SPEED SKATING CANADA.
In speed skating facilities where existing safety padding may not meet the current requirements, Sports Systems can consult on a brand new install or retrofit your existing padding to ensure it meets and exceeds all standards and specifications.
Sport Systems specializes in custom safety padding and has extensive experience designing, manufacturing and installing a variety of safety padding projects across a wide variety of applications. Feel free to contact our sales team for a consultation or download our Custom Padding Guide and Request a Quote today!