LETTER: Replacing floor is good for the athletes
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 7:57 AM
I've heard that there's been a push to replace the current floor in the Spring Grove gym. I couldn't support this idea any more. I spent hundreds, probably thousands of hours on that floor, and it's easily among the worst I played on in high school or college.
I developed tendonitis in both my knees late in my high school career. This made me acutely aware of the quality of the Spring Grove floor - It's hard and unforgiving!
Impact on the floor puts a lot of stress on the ankles, knees, hips and back. After practices and home games, I'd almost always be sore.
After games on a newer floor, like in Caledonia, Grand Meadow or Waukon, I'd hardly feel any pain. Those floors had some natural give and spring, and it's amazing how much that affects a body on impact.
I was very happy to hear that people are considering replacing the current gym floor. I have no doubt it's in the best long-term interests of the many student athletes who will play on it in the coming years.