Athletics Tracks

The Game: Athletics is the sport of competitive running, jumping, and throwing events that are held on an outdoor track. The track is typically an oval-shaped field with marked lanes for the various running events and areas for the other field events. The track is usually made of a synthetic surface, such as rubber or polyurethane, which provides good traction and reduce impact on the athletes’ bodies. Track events include short, middle and long-distance running and hurdle races. Other events include the long jump, high jump, triple jump, shot put, discus throw, javelin throw, and hammer throw.

The Tests: The durability and sustainability of the athletics track depends on its construction, materials, installation and maintenance. Labosport helps with new track construction, renovations, extensions, and conversions from cinder to all-weather surfaces. We provide material identification, safety and performance tests, technical audits and diagnosis, and final track certification. Some common tests include surface hardness, shock absorbency, ball bounce, slip resistance, infill depth, compaction, and moisture content.

The Details: The governing body for athletics track at the international level is the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which was founded in 1912. The IAAF is responsible for setting the rules and regulations for athletics track events, as well as organizing major international competitions such as the World Championships in Athletics and the Olympic Games.

At the national level, each country typically has its own athletics federation or governing body that is responsible for organizing and promoting the sport within that country. Some examples of national athletics federations include USA Track & Field (USATF) in the United States, Athletics Canada, and the British Athletics Federation.