Why Choose Sprung Dance Subfloors
Okay, so you’ve probably heard the term “sprung floor” before. Any studio with sprung dance floors likes to tout that little fact with pride because, well, it’s awesome!
Sprung subfloors are the dancer’s best friend!
It’s not like the floors you see in cheerleading where they legitimately propel the athlete in the air. These are much more of a subtle spring. Their purpose isn’t to help you jump higher but to dissipate some of the impact when you land
You’ll also hear them referred to as a floating floor, but that can mean a lot of things and isn’t necessarily specific to sprung floors.
Now, when I tell you that you need sprung subflooring, I am referring to advanced studios and professional spaces, not home practice spaces. Home practices spaces work great with the foam subfloors mentioned above.
I wanted to explain this correctly, so I started Googling the mathematical equation for the amount of weight forced onto your joints as you land. And then I realized that the chances that you’d be interesting in the physics of this were probably slim to none.
So instead, I will tell you this: You land with a lot more weight and force on your joints than just your body weight
. And, no matter how small you are, it’s a lot of pressure on your body and can cause or exacerbate injuries.
We interviewed a dancer who mentioned that she suffered shoulder injuries from rehearsing in a studio without sprung subfloors. Yes, shoulder
injuries. I know, you’d think it would be your legs/ankles/feet that you’re landing on, but this impact affects your entire body.
This is why professional settings 100% need a sprung dance floor