Coach and Athletic Director

January 2017

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46 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 Subscribe to the monthly Team Sports Strategies e-newsletter for FREE at T O P S T O R I E S | I N D U S T R Y S U R V E Y S | D R I L L S & S T R A T E G I E S . . . A N D M O R E . GET MORE FROM COACH AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Gary Schlatholt, director of the athletic division for Texas- based Hollman Lockers, notes that when designing a locker room or adding new lockers, it's important to consider the materials being used. "Lockers that utilize stainless steel, solid surface, wood veneers treated with antimicrobial topcoat and other wipeable surfaces are designs that will help prevent bacteria growth," he said. "Hollman's water-borne UV cured clear anti-microbial topcoat finish allows us to manufacture lockers treated with a clear finish to help prevent staph, mold, yeast and other airborne viruses." Ventilation is a key element to keeping locker rooms dry and preventing bacteria growth. Most locker designs today have venting to permit airflow through shoulder pads, helmets and glove compartments. Some manufacturers equip all lockers with designated HVAC. "Most airborne viruses are not obvious to see or detect, but can be prevented by maintaining a clean locker room," Schlatholt said. "Continuously disinfecting and keeping a dry environment is important." Flooring maintenance Jeff Vance, global sales manager for SnapLock Industries in Utah, said that interlocking floors may not require constant maintenance, but that doesn't mean they can be ignored. "The biggest thing you can run into is people assume low maintenance means you don't have to do anything but that's not entirely true," he said. "What happens when they don't maintain them — sweeping them and keeping them clean — is that dust gets grinded in and it becomes part of the surface." That means some regular dust mopping or using a riding scrubber if necessary. If a section of flooring does need to be replaced, the only tool needed would be a rigid putty knife to disengage the locks of the floor in the section they are removing. For hardwood floors, dry mopping or a little water should be used. Industry insiders still suggest cleaning them each morning to remove the dust that has settled from the players and spectators coming in and out. Mats should also be placed at all gym entrances, creating opportunities to trap dirt before it gets on the hardwood.

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