ASTM F2569 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Force Reduction Properties of Surfaces for Athletic Use

    Active Standard ASTM F2569 | Developed by Subcommittee: F08.52

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.07


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    Significance and Use

    The force reduction property is just one of the important properties of a surface used for athletic activity. It may be an indicator of the performance, safety, comfort, or suitability of the surface.

    Manufacturers of athletic surfaces may use this test method to evaluate the effects of design changes on the impact forces generated on the surface.

    Facility owners may use this standard to evaluate the performance of existing sport/athletic surfaces. Results may be useful during the selection process for a replacement surface, or for an additional athletic surface being added to the facility.

    Facility owners may also use this test method to verify that newly installed surfaces perform at or near the levels included in project specifications.


    1=drop mass and striker
    2=guide rod
    3=spring
    4=upper end-cap
    5=bottom end-cap
    6=test foot
    7=adjustable support
    8=height adjustment and
    release mechanism
    9=load cell
    10=housing sleeve
    11=guide hole
    FIG. 1 Force Reduction Test Apparatus

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the quantitative measurement and normalization of impact forces generated through a mechanical impact test on an athletic surface. The impact forces simulated in this test method are intended to represent those produced by lower extremities of an athlete during landing events on sport or athletic surfaces.

    1.2 This test method may be applied to any surface where athletic activity may be conducted.

    1.3 The test methods described are applicable in both laboratory and field settings.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    DIN Standard

    DIN18032-2 Halls for Gymnastics, Games and Multipurpose Use, Part 2: Sports Floors, Requirements, Testing


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.100 (Measurement of force, weight and pressure)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/F2569-11

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