For sports enthusiasts, the benefit of one playing surface over another is often a topic of heated debate. From the synthetic turf used in the Women’s World Cup to the tennis courts at Wimbledon, playing surface matters.

Nowhere does playing surface matter more than on your own backyard home basketball court. For maximum safety and playing performance, Sport Court game court surfaces dominate the game.

Concrete or asphalt surfaces — common in city courts and home driveways — are potentially dangerous for children. While concrete offers a satisfying basketball bounce, the surface has very little give and can be harsh on players’ legs and ankles. Concrete surfaces also pose an increased risk for concussion. Asphalt can tear up basketball shoes, skin and the basketball itself. In addition, concrete and asphalt surfaces are prone to your typical wear and tear, which can have a negative impact on performance.

Sport Court synthetic courts offer all the traction of concrete or a traditional wood court, but without the potential hazard. Poorly maintained indoor wood courts can become slick and perilous, and increase the risk of concussions and lower body sprains. Sport Court flooring significantly reduces the risk of concussion injuries, increasing the distance from one inch on concrete to 26 inches on PowerGame flooring, 46 inches when a PowerGame suspended surface is placed on top of a SportBase.

Sport Court game court surfaces are much more forgiving on players’ legs and ankles. Playing on hard surfaces such as concrete can lead to “jumper’s knee,” also known as patellar tendonitis. Sport Court surfaces are excellent shock absorbers; Sport Court flooring have been shown to reduce head-to-leg shock by 14 percent, and landing shock at tibia by four percent. A Sport Court home basketball court also won’t tear through players’ basketball shoes as quickly — instead of replacing them every four months, you can replace them every six.

While concrete basketball courts are some of the hardest and most dangerous in the game, Sport Court synthetic surfaces reduce shock, offer great traction and are simple to maintain.

Keep kids safe and reduce the risk of acute or chronic injury with a professionally approved Sport Court surface. If it’s safe enough for the NCAA, it’s safe for your home basketball court.