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Player Safety

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Natural Grass
Maintenance
Natural grass playing fields require:
Mowing
Fertilizing
Painting
Watering
Spraying
aerating
irrogating
In regards to player safety, maintenance, and budgets the newest generation FieldTurf seems to be the optimal playing field
A well maintained natural grass field is a close second
Artificial turf
Budget
A brand new artificial turf field can cost upwards of 900,000 to be constructed.
Over a period of ten years the maintenance costs around 100,000.
The field is generally replaced after 10 to 12 years which can cost up to 540,000.
Artificial turf has an annual budget of 109,000.

Maintenance
Artificial turf playing fields require:
Brush for the fibers
A rake to stir the infill
A vacuum to clean up debris
A sprayer to disinfect the field
Natural Grass Budget
A brand new natural grass playing field can cost anywhere between 300,000 and 750,000 to be constructed.
The maintenance over ten years can cost 150,000 to 500,000
Natural grass has an annual budget of 35,000 to 90,000
Optimal playing field
Natural Grass
Artificial turf
Artificial Turf Vs Natural Grass
Player Safety

Two components : The base and infill

An artificial turf usually has a life span of 8 to 12 years.
A natural grass playing field consists of the base and the rooting medium that holds the plants.

A natural grass field has a life span of 20 plus years.
"To me, player safety starts with the field we play on"
-Bill Belicheck, New England Patriots
Benefits of Artificial Turf
Negatives to Artificial Turf
Benefits of Natural Grass
Negatives to Natural Grass
Artificial turf has a higher coefficient of friction than natural grass.
Artificial turf can get up to 140 degrees on a hot summer day.
The infill can sometimes include lead or other hazardous chemicals.

Artificial turf is a more consistent playing field.
Athlete's can run faster and cut sharper.
Multiple sporting events can be held on artificial turf.
Natural Grass is a softer playing field.
The temperature on the field is consistent with the actual temperature.
Less likely to be injured on a well maintained natural grass field.
Natural Grass playing fields can be inconsistent.
Flooding, mud pits, and dust bowls can make the field dangerous to play on.

Work Cited:
Drakos, Mark. "Artificial Turf: Does It Increase the Risk of Sports Injuries?" Hss.edu.
Hospital for Special Surgery, 21 Aug. 2008. Web. 21 Mar. 2014.
Scharfenberg, David. "Towns Find Field-Building Is Dirty Work." The New York Times.
The New York Times, 22 Oct. 2005. Web. 18 Mar. 2014.
Millar, David, and Aaron Loan. The Dirt on Turf. New Carlisle, IN:
Blue Grass Enterprises, 2009. PDF.
The Benefits Of Artificial Turf. Perf. Jason Smollet and Rebecca Batton.
The Benefits Of Artificial Turf. Watchmojo.com, 6 Nov. 2009. Web. 2 Apr. 2014.
Meyers, Michael C. "FieldTurf: College Study Proves FieldTurf Safer than Grass."
FieldTurf: College Study Proves FieldTurf Safer than Grass. FieldTurf, 12 May 2012. Web. 03 Apr. 2014.

Travis Doan
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