In sports construction, turfs are installed by making use of either natural grass or synthetic turfs. As defined by the Synthetic Turf Council, synthetic turfs are “grass-like ground cover that replicates lush natural grass, both in appearance and function.”
More and more professionals today are advising the use of synthetic turfs, especially in soccer field construction. However, there are still many people left unconvinced about its efficiency and effectiveness. One of the major hesitations of many people about synthetic turfs is the rate of injury that it purportedly poses to soccer athletes.
To date, there is much debate whether or not synthetic turfs promote higher instances of injury to athletes in comparison to natural grass fields. However, there is a significant number of researches suggesting that synthetic turfs do not necessarily promote higher instances or a greater extent of injury, especially among soccer players.
A scientific study conducted in 2015, which critically analyzed multiple researches, concluded that the rates of ACL injury among soccer athletes are not necessarily higher in synthetic surfaces compared to natural grass surfaces. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, more commonly known as FIFA, also concluded that the one thing that was consistent among studies concerning elite, amateur, and youth football was that “the total risk of injury is the same on football turf as it is on natural grass”. Another article from sportswithoutinjury.com also claims that based on present reviews, at least for adult soccer players, it can be ascertained that synthetic turfs do not pose higher risks for the occurrence of athletic injuries.
Hence, synthetic turf plays no significant role when it comes to the predisposition of athletes to injury. Besides, synthetic turfs actually provide a more consistent playing surface, since weeds do not grow on them, and they do not change owing to weather or seasonal circumstances.
For utmost safety, whether for grass fields and synthetic turf fields, the National Center for Sports Safety provides some guidelines to avoid sports injuries:
• For grass fields, it is important to ensure that playing field is free from any debris, holes, or sprinkler heads.
• For turf fields, it is highly advisable to water down the field especially on hot days in order to prevent friction burns. Likewise, the field must also be cleared of debris such as leaves and soil.
Another reason why synthetic turfs are being highly advised is because they are much greener – not in the color sense, but in the environmental sense. Synthetic turfs do not require as much water, and they do not at all require the use of pesticides, which thus reduces its carbon imprint to the environment.
If you’re looking for a synthetic turf installer, General Sports Surfaces is your go-to team. They provide high quality construction and even high-quality field surface accessories for your athletes. Check out their website at http://generalsportssurfaces.com, and visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/generalsportssurfaces/. You can also easily give them a call through 817-295-6616 for more details, or to request for a quotation.
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