Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Synthetic Grass

Artificial Turf - Disadvantages

The disadvantages of the artificial turf are as follows:
• The cuts, abrasions and burns caused on the artificial turf are of a greater degree when compared to natural grass. This is because of the friction caused between turf and the human skin. This becomes an issue in many sports specially football where the sliding maneuvers are common and clothing does not cover the entire body.
• Players who play regularly on the artificial turf suffer from a medical condition known as the 'Turf Toe.
• The abrasions caused by the artificial turf have been known to cause a higher incidence of MSRA infections.
• Some varieties of artificial turf require infill of silicon sand or granulated rubber that is made from recycled car tires. These materials usually carry heavy metals which can leach into the water table.
• Periodical disinfection is required as pathogens are not broken down by any natural process.
• The artificial turf becomes much hotter under the sun when compared to natural grass.