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New norm to define shock pad performance

Schmitz Foam Products' ProPlay shock pads already conform to the new standards

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) will adopt a new standard this year, which specifies minimum performance and durability requirements for shock pads and e-layers.

The new EN 15330-4 is the result of a multi-year collaboration between the various international sports governing bodies, national European authorities and the artificial turf industry. The standard describes how the performance of a shock pad or elastic layer shall be measured, and the results classified in a common format.

The new standard is designed to enable developers or buyers of sports surfacing systems to select the most appropriate shock pad or elastic layer for their intended sports surface. It is hoped it will also become a tool to build safer and more sustainable sports facilities.

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