What Playing Surface is the Best for Our Players?
While artificial turf has made improvements, artificial turf manufacturers spend billions to simulate the exceptional playing surface that only natural grass provides. No matter what you call it - Artificial Turf, Synthetic Turf, Plastic Grass - it is a fact that artificial surfaces lack most of the benefits provided by natural turfgrass. Many athletes, coaches, parents and spectators take for granted the significant benefits of natural grass.
It is important to know that modern sports grass varieties have been developed to have loose root systems (to avoid knee and ankle injuries), to have greater durability and a speedier self-repair time and to have significantly better drainage systems.
In addition, natural turfgrass helps prevent skin abrasions, is significantly cooler (up to 40 degrees) in summer heat, creates oxygen, consumes CO2, filters rainwater, has naturally occurring microbes to break down organic matter like sweat and spit. Natural turf does not need to be treated with antibiotics, or be professionally patched when tears occur, or be replaced when gum gets stuck in the plastic blades.
Choosing the best playing surface for our children and athletes should not be taken lightly. Anyone interested in safety of players or a sustainable future should be fully informed about the benefits of natural turfgrass to our ecosystem and concerned about the potential negative impact of using synthetic surfaces - including recent allegations of artificial turf materials being carcinogens. For more information, read "The Dirt on Turf" on this page.