Football and Field Turf

Football is one of America’s favorite games to watch and play. You, or a couple of someone’s that you know, definitely sit around and wait for Sunday afternoons or Monday nights to watch their favorite team suit up, take the field and win the game. Sometimes the win happens and sometimes it doesn’t. Regardless, most Americans love their football.

In recent years, however, football has been bought to the limelight due to injuries, especially head injuries. Many players have suffered severe concussions as a result of playing football. This questions the safety of the equipment they play in and the artificial turf fields they play on.

Playing on artificial turf is actually the preference of most NFL players. Even high school students say they actually prefer to play on artificial turf then on a real grass field. This is not difficult to believe considering all the benefits of an artificial grass field.

First, an artificial field requires much less maintenance. The artificial turf does not require any water or mowing. It does not require much raking either. The field is always perfect and green which makes prepping for game day go much quicker. There are no sun scorched patches of dry grass and no empty spots that can potentially turn into mud. All of this means a reduction in maintenance costs for the team owners.

Second, football is played in all kinds of weather. Rarely will you see a game postponed unless there is lightning. Players stay on the field through wind, rain and snow. On real grass, rain and snow can make the grass slippery and creates mud which raises the risk of injury for the players. However, this risk is limited when playing on artificial turf. Artificial grass is not meant to retain water. Therefore, when it does get wet it drains quickly and dries faster than its real counterpart. Lastly, different types of artificial grass are available for field surfaces and the correct one can be chosen by its MSP. The MSP measures the turfs ability to absorb the impact when a player falls and the hardness the field’s surface. The right turf surface will be hard enough to absorb the impact when a player falls to reduce the potential injuries to the head and spine, but not be too hard. However, it can’t be too soft of a surface either because this can lead to ankle and leg injuries.