21 Oct Artificial Turf & SubAir. The Benefits of a Natural System.
There is often a notable difference between the grass you might find between your toes on the lawn, and that which you’ll find kicked under the cleats of your first round draft pick on any given Sunday. At times the difference is more than a organic. Sometimes it’s chemical.
In a world where the modern technology is on the rise, it can be surprising to see movements like “Go Green” gaining president in todays society, but it turns out people still appreciate something real over something easy. The same can be said for many things, including grass, or its artificial counterpart. Turf.
Artificial turf is usually made of a polyethylene plastic grass on a foundation of rubber made of ground up recycled tires. There can be as many as 10,000 tires under the turf of a single sports field. All that black rubber can get hot. At the university of Missouri, an expert found that on a 98-degree day the surface temperature of the turf reaches as high as 173 degrees. Even the temperature at about the height of an average man was 138 degrees.
The rubber and plastic materials used to create artificial turf give a good bit more grip than natural grass. This is responsible for a term called “turf burn.” This comes from athletes falling on the traction surface and burning themselves from the friction created. Turf can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and requires cleaning and maintenance to prevent growth. pairing these two ideas together can create some serious infections on those burn sites. In fact, a study was performed on the St. Louis Rams that revealed 8 out of 8 of the infected burn sites from players on the team came from turf burn.
SubAir’s system optimizes the effectiveness of natural turf.