Pros and cons of using artificial or real turf in sports


Low maintenance costs. Although the initial cost (about $ 600K) is higher, supporters claim that maintenance is much less expensive, which some estimate drops from $ 35K to $ 5K per year. Artificial turf refers to the need for repairs, vacuuming, refilling, and even water supply, whether it is financially friendly to the pressures, advertising in the fields can last as long as it does and raises bargaining problems.
Pesticide-free. Unlike natural grass, artificial turf does not need to be treated with pesticides and fertilizers (note, however, some cities have had success with organic grass fields).
The play has to be increased. Artificial turf fields are much more durable than grass; Because the playability is too high they allow wide access; Can always be played; During the tricky fields, they give youth sports companies practices they might not otherwise have; Problems with spring and autumn rains that result in the cancellation of numerous games and practices scheduled for grass fields; A match in the mud field can ruin the rest of the field.
Low Injury: Durability and an even playing surface mean less injury and unlike grass that clings to rough play and eventually turns into huge patches of slippery mud (uneven ankle, uneven opening, sloping back).
Saves water. The growing grass playing field uses about 50,000 gallons of water per week during the growing season.


Heat Hazard The heat-absorbing properties of an artificial field make it too hot to play in extremely hot weather. On a 98-degree day, the temperature of the turf can rise above 120 degrees. A study by Brigham Young University found that the surface temperature of the synthetic turf at his football practice field was 5 degrees higher than the air temperature. Supporters point out that the use of fields can be handled to ensure that players are not playing during the hottest days of the day and are sufficiently hydrated; As a result, their argument is a problem of convenience rather than a higher temperature protection problem.
Lead. Excessive exposure to lead is associated with severe mental retardation, stunted growth, and death. The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that there is no safe level of lead release and suggests that soil layers do not exceed the trace amount (3 parts per million).
Older turf fields made from nylon or nylon/polyethylene blend fibers may contain lead levels that make the public potential health concern. Only artificial turf field tests made of polyethylene fiber have shown that lead levels are very low in these fields.
Field Turf, North America’s largest artificial turf maker, sells a lead-free artificial turf, but only if the community asks for a custom-made field. The fields that most communities purchase make the field color bright and adorn the logo of a sports team.
Jackie Lombardo, a member of the Sierra Club National Toxicics Committee, said: “We know that old turf products contain toxic chemicals related to asthma, learning disabilities, and cancer. They say cigarettes are safe because they did not contain lead because they do not contain lead in this synthetic grass. There are a lot of chemicals and how we can make an impact are just babies Not on the health, what are the effects on groundwater, we do not know. “
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States consistently advised “eliminating all unnecessary use of lead” for any possible health hazard, and has long considered lead dust among the most popular health hazards for children; It notes that the combination of ages, weather, sunlight and wear, and tear can lead to dust-free of lead from old or well-used fields.
Zinc Hazard: A Connecticut-based Environmental Advocacy Group, Environment and Human Health Inc. (AHI), has been warning about the artificial turf field for several years, and its findings support its controversy in early 2007 at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, which examined the contents of “crumb rubber” and concluded that several potentially dangerous chemicals Compounds can escape in the air or under certain conditions Can ESA. The levels of zinc trapped in the water were high. A study by the University of North Carolina found a potential link between continued exposure to zinc and cardiovascular damage.
Other harmful chemicals: According to AHHI, chopped rubber may contain other toxic metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and selenium.
Toxic run-off. Run-off (may include l) when artificial field currents after heavy rain.