TAG: artificial turf

Artificial turf maintenance can be an unexpected surprise

July 19, 2012By

By: Kirk Hunter Advertising and promotional claims for any number of products can sometimes be misleading. Often, the problem doesn’t have to do so much with what is said or written, but rather, what information has been omitted. While promises that no watering, mowing or chemicals required may sometimes be true, consumers and key decision-makers may be confused by claims that... read more

Seeking the truest measure of synthetic turf’s benefits versus turfgrass

October 4, 2010By

By: Ron Hall Every week it seems new uses are being found for artificial turf, which now covers horse tracks, dog runs, home lawns (including backyard putting greens), highway medians and is replacing natural grass at airports. I’m sure I’ve missed some applications and am not prescient enough to see what other new uses will be discovered and exploited. This is... read more

Artificial turf makes modest inroad into World Cup soccer

July 6, 2010By

The global sports delirium that unfolds for one month every four years begins Friday, June 11. The 2010 FIFA World Cup begins in South Africa and will be followed via television and radio by billions around the world. This is the first time an African nation is hosting the tournament, which involves teams from 32 nations. And again like 18 previous... read more

Study says NFL athletes more likely to suffer knee and ankle injuries on FieldTurf

March 13, 2010By

NEW ORLEANS — Pro football players are more likely to suffer certain types of knee and ankle injuries on an artificial turf called FieldTurf than on natural grass, a new study contends. Researchers analyzed data from the 2002-2008 National Football League seasons and found that teams playing on FieldTurf had an 88% higher rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and a... read more

Soccer beginning to embrace synthetic turf

November 10, 2009By

HOLLAND, MI — The setting seemed incongruous. Here was Dr. James “Jim” Beard, who has spent more than a half century researching turfgrass and educating the world Dr. Jim Beard at Hope College’s new Van Andel Stadium (image courtesy of MiSTMA) about its care, speaking to a group of about 90 sports turf and grounds pros in front of one... read more