Summary of Athletics Equipment

Summary of Athletics Equipment
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Summary of Athletics Equipment

As a leading supplier of track and field equipment in the UK, Stadia Sports aims to provide athletes with the best athletics equipment available globally backed up with our expert level of knowledge to help you decide which products will be best for your needs.

Track and field refers to the group of athletics events that can be summarised as running, jumping and throwing that are held at stadiums and athletics venues. Most stadiums comprise of a 400mtr oval running track, usually with 8 lanes known as the ‘track’ with an area of grass in the centre which is split into various sections for individual events known as the ‘field’, hence track and field.

The track is used to hold the running events which include sprints, middle and long distance races plus hurdle races and relays which are measured on which athlete or team can complete the race in the fastest time. The track uses equipment such as starting blocksHurdles, relay batons plus measuring and timing equipment, of which Stadia Sports offers a wide range to meet varying budgets and requirements.

The field is used for both the throwing and jumping events which include JavelinDiscusShot Put Hammer ThrowHigh JumpPole Vault, long jump and triple jump. All throwing events and jumping events are measured on distance in that which an athlete can throw the specified equipment or the distance at which an athlete has jumped. The majority and highest value athletics equipment is used on the field events such as javelins, discuses, shot put, hammers, throwing cages, landing areas, jumping uprights, vaulting poles, take off boards, sandpits plus all the accessories that accompany these products.

Stadia Sports offers a wide range of all of the above athletics equipment to meet varying budgets and requirements.All track & field events are governed by the International Association of Athletics Federations commonly referred to as the IAAF. The IAAF as the world’s governing body of athletics sets all rules for the event and more specifically to athletics equipment, they set the minimum standards that athletics equipment has to meet. Within the UK, we then have a national governing body in UK Athletics commonly referred to as the UKA. Generally, IAAF and UKA standards for athletics equipment will match but on a handful of occasions there will be slight variances, such as the UKA have an additional height setting on hurdles at the lowest setting for under 13 women’s races.

When considering which athletics equipment is required for your stadium or club, you need to consider to what level of competition might be held. If international competitions will take place, an IAAF certified or compliant product will be required. Certain events specify that athletics equipment used must be certified which simply means that the manufacturer of the piece of athletics equipment has paid for the product to be checked and a certificate has been issued, rather than the manufacturer stating that the product has been made to IAAF standards. Alternatively, should national competitions only be held, then UKA products which in some cases may be less expensive can be purchased.

A third tier of athletics equipment is also offered that doesn’t meet either IAAF or UKA requirements. This range can be referred to as athletics training equipment and is used to build a specific skill or can be used in a schools environment where high level equipment may not be required.

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