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  •  Dar - (0+ / 0-)

    Look at this from the University of Arkansas -

    Player injuries

               There is a lack of research comparing injuries incurred on new in-fill artificial fields vs. natural grass fields (5). There are data indicating that the traditional artificial turf fields increased athlete injury, primarily due to increased surface hardness.

    Although actual data are not available, anecdotal data are available from NFL players. Players were asked in a 2006 survey "Which surface do you think causes more soreness and fatigue to play on?".

    Five-percent felt like natural grass systems increased fatigue, while 74% felt that artificial turf systems were more responsible for fatigue (5). Twenty-one percent felt they were the same. In the open comments section of the survey, the most common comment was "make all fields grass to prevent injuries."

    You may be making an incorrect risk/benefit analysis weighing environmental risks against benefit due to protection from head injuries.

    The benefit you perceive may not outweigh the risk from chemical exposure.  A health study needs to be done to determine whether, over the last five years (of the new generation of synthetic turf and recycled rubber products like rubber mulch) more kids have been injured from being exposed to chemicals in these products than were saved from head injuries and also whether synthetic turf actually affords more protection from such head injuries than well-maintained natural grass fields.

    Now I am REALLY, REALLY going to go do laundry and make beds!!!

    •  Since when will GRASS grow under a swingset-- (0+ / 0-)

      I mean, one that is actually USED?

      If the football players had to play on hard packed earth, they would want the infill back!

      To say my fate is not tied to your fate is like saying, "Your end of the boat is sinking."--Hugh Downs

      by Dar Nirron on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 01:19:39 PM PDT

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