Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by lvbuff, Sep 6, 2009.
I think I saw this occur during OU-BYU. Is the mesh in the turf breaking down?
I'm pretty sure that those loose, small black particles are part of the makeup/design of field turf. I've heard that the biggest drawback is that it does sometimes get into players' eyes.
I didn't really notice anything at the OU-BYU game, but your question reminds me of some piece I heard on the radio over the summer that compared the relative healthiness of grass and sport turf.
The thrust was that astroturf/sport turf doesn't need water, and therefore doesn't get washed down as regularly as regular grass.
As a result, the artificial stuff can collect dust, sweat, pollen, blood, and whatever else happens to be floating around. At the "root" level of astroturf, you don't really know what you might find growing down there, or what kind of toxins lurk below the surface.
Groundskeepers responsible for artificial turf may or maynot be spraying the stuff down with antibacterial cleaners. The routine in which cleaning takes place varies from field to field. And when astroturf does get cleaned, it's with a power wash. The cleaning chemicals might linger, and you really have no way to measure it's cleanliness. An indoor turf field doesn't even get the benefits from the disinfecting rays of the sun.
One of the recommendations was for the manufacturers of astroturf to spend some time in the labs developing anti-bacterial plastics, and improve guidelines for long-term care and maintanence.
Real grass is babied by grounds keepers on a daily and weekly basis. And since grass is a living, growing organism, the root level has to be healthy enough to support life. It's getting pure water and sunshine. So even though there their might be mud and dirt on a grass field, it's likely that the dirt will causing an infection when a player gets a cut.
I don't know what to think of that radio piece.
I've played on those fields (not football, but soccer). The little black things are small chunks of rubber recycled from tires. I always thought the biggest drawback was they got in your shoes and, while it didn't feel as bad a pebble or anything, it was annoying. The guys with bad knees/ankles absolutely hated that type of turf. I guess the slight spring somehow led to pain the following day.
This is purely second hand (at least) but what I have been told. The new artificial surfaces are designed to have a layer of small rubber pellets applied as a kind of a base and it would be logical that some use shredded recycled rubber from tires or other sources. The idea is that the rubber pellets give the field some spring as mentioned by acemcstarr but also more importantly give the field some give. One of the big issues with artificial turf is that if a guy has his foot planted and he gets hit on the leg the field has no give so the leg has to give instead. On the new surfaces the black pellets are what the cleat is actually digging into so if the leg gets hit the foot can slide out and reduce the chance of injury. I don't know all the specifics but it sure seems like we see a lot less of the gruesome destroyed legs now than we did on the old rugs.
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