“Synthetic Turf: The Importance of Good Maintenance to Player Safety “
How proper synthetic turf maintenance practices reduce injuries among athletes
The argument between natural and synthetic turf is a tough one. The sustainability of synthetic turf makes it extremely marketable, however, some see the maintenance and upkeep costs as more of a burden than the blessing of not watering, fertilizing, and cutting on a regular basis.
While some see synthetic turf as a hand and maintenance-free investment, quite the opposite is true. It is incredibly important to properly maintain synthetic turf in order to preserve its longevity!
It is also extremely important to maintain synthetic turf properly in order to make a safe playing surface for athletes. To gain more information on this topic, we reached out to a local sports medical professional to get her opinion on the importance of maintaining synthetic playing surfaces.
Alexis Waldrop, a local Athletic Trainer at both the high school and collegiate level, provided us with some insight into why sports medicine professionals tend to lean away from synthetic surfaces and lean toward natural turf!
Why do many Sports Medical Professionals prefer natural over synthetic turf?
Because many athletics programs do not have the knowledge or the machinery to maintain their synthetic fields properly, many Athletic Trainers find themselves in difficult situations dealing with increased injuries and skin infections as a result. Lack of proper maintenance tactics can lead to an unsafe playing surface for athletes.
One problem that many Athletic Trainers face with synthetic turf, is compaction. When an athlete runs and cuts on natural turf, the playing surface is more forgiving and gives and releases as the athletes’ shoe turns. On compacted synthetic turf, the surface is unable to give in to the movement of the athlete. Instead, the athletes’ foot plants into improperly aerated turf, increasing the forces imposed on the joints, specifically the knee. This increases the likelihood of injury, especially to the ACL. It is incredibly important to routinely aerate, loosen, clean, and replace the infill on synthetic turf surfaces to avoid these types of injuries, as well as the spread of skin infections from scrapes.
Why is it important to invest in the proper tools and machines to maintain a synthetic playing surface?
Just like any other investment, you have to take care of it properly to reap the benefits of it. Proper cleaning and maintenance techniques can make a sustainable surface last even longer than originally intended.
Keeping a synthetic sports field clean, especially in the fall, can be difficult. Leaf and debris clean-up can be quite tedious without the best tools for the job. With the ongoing Covid-19 precautions it is also important to have the right equipment to quickly clean and sanitize between and after events.
For a full and extensive line of products that can assist you with maintaining your synthetic athletic surfaces properly, click the link below. Maintain your investment, and keep it safe for your athletes! The players and trainers will thank you!
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As temperatures drop, the days get shorter, and the nights longer, join us for a drink! We are excited to start our new social media series to kick off this fall and winter season, by sharing a festive drink recipe with our followers!
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Starting Wednesday, November 3rd, we began sharing our favorite fall and winter cocktail recipes from around the world, and providing you with the recipe so that you can join in on the fun!
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Dutch Apple Pie Cocktail
- 10 ounces apple cider (Nonalcoholic), heated
- 4 ounces Apple Brandy
- 2 ounces simple syrup
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 dashes bitters
Add the apple cider, apple brandy, simple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, and bitters to a teapot and stir thoroughly. Pour into teacups and garnish.
Makes 4 teacups