Artificial grass continues to be the best possible surface for high-level outdoor field athletics ranging from football and soccer to baseball and tennis, as field turf offers a number of economical and performance benefits that natural grass can not compete with.
There are great cost savings in using artificial field turf, as it requires minimal upkeep. The care of sports field turf generally only necessitates brushing, sweeping, or aerating to maintain the quality of the field. Brushing is used to keep blades separated and upright, as well as keeping the infill level. Sweeping is employed to remove debris such as leaves that could possibly affect the field surface, while; aeration of the field turf is to ensure that the infill layer is not compacted. A synthetic turf drainage system manually drains itself, ridding the field of sweat, rain and other liquids, while still allowing water to penetrate through. Additionally, this drainage system protects the field turf from the growth of bacteria, spores and fungus.
Most importantly, field turf aids in water conservation, requiring absolutely no watering; a major plus in comparison to traditional grass sports fields that demand multiple gallons of water to cover their large surface area. This can prove to be highly cost effective during the summer months, where drier weather requires traditional grass to be watered more. Also, in comparison to natural grass fields, artificial turf is engineered to sustain even the toughest weather conditions, including extreme heat and sun exposure. This allows synthetic grass fields to maintain a green natural looking feel throughout the entire year.
In addition to the cost and maintenance advantages of synthetic turf over natural field grass, there are numerous benefits for all types of sports. Designed to handle the roughest of play, sports field turf ensures total durability over many years and games, thus maximizing playing time. Recent studies have concluded that field turf is safer for athletes in many ways, including lessened incidences of injuries. Sports turf fields often have an infill layer that acts as cushion, ensuring more safety for athletes. Made up of sand and small rubber particles that lie in between the synthetic grass blades, this infill layer minimizes impact and possible injuries. This cushion also allows athletes to pivot and assume the same sports position and stances as they would in natural grass.
These studies also note that athletes playing on artificial sports turf experience decreased incidences of head, knee and shoulder traumas. This ranges from fewer concussions, ACL and AC tissue and ligament injuries. With studies also determining that artificial turf has traction almost comparable to that of natural grass fields, the texture of synthetic grass also lends itself to injury prevention, as polyethylene blades ensure that turf surface is neither too slippery nor too hard. Therefore this type of field turf creates a surface safe for varying types of cleats and sports shoes that athletes wear on the field.
Ultimately, the advantages of synthetic grass lie in the nearly effortless maintenance, cost and time effectiveness and increased durability. These combined with the added safety benefits, showcase that synthetic grass is the premier choice over natural grass for all field sports.