Synthetic Fields

Synthetic Field Resources

A Guide to Synthetic and Natural Turfgrass for Sports Fields - Selection, Construction and Maintenance Considerations
Natural Grass Athletic Fields
Natural Grass Athletic Fields PowerPoint
Synthetic Turf Research at Penn State University

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Determining the Right Sports Field for your Athletes
Suggested Equipment List
In-House; Architect-Bid-Contractor; Design-Build; Owner's Representative... What works the best for building your sports field?

The Fundamentals of Project Management
'Lessons Learned': Peer Advice on the Management of Synthetic Sports Fields
Snow
Removal 


Articles
Review of the Impacts of Crumb Rubber in Artificial Turf Applications

The Use of Recycled Tire Materials on Playgrounds & Artificial Turf Fields - Exposure Research from the EPA

Estimating the Required Global Warming Offsets to Achieve a Carbon Neutral Synthetic Field Turf System Installation

Survival of Staphylococcus aureus on Synthetic Turf - Penn State Univeristy

Evaluation of Playing Surface Characteristics of Various Infilled Systems - Penn State University

Snow Removal from Synthetic Infilled Systems - Penn State University

Limited EPA Study Finds Low Level of Concern in Samples of Recycled Tires from Ballfield and Playground Surfaces
- The EPA conducted a limited, “scoping study” of artificial-turf playing fields and playgrounds constructed with recycled tire material. The
Press Release outlines results that conclude concentrations of materials that made up tire crumb were below levels considered harmful. The EPA will use this information to determine the next steps to address questions regarding the safety of tire crumb infill on recreational fields.


Podcasts
Surface Temperature of Synthetic Turf - Penn State University
Understanding Gmax - Penn State University
Sports Turf Injury Research - Penn State University
Synthetic Turf and Staph Infections - Cause for Concern? - Penn State University
Infill Turf Carpet Characteristics - Ohio State University


Synthetic Field Education Featured at STMA National Conferences:
2013 - STMA 210 - Synthetic Turf: What to Do When The Warranty Runs Out Speaker – David Schlotthauer
2013 - STMA 300 - Tackling the Issues with Synthetic Turf - What Does the Research Say? Speaker: Thomas Serensits
2013 - STMA 310 - Tale of Two Fields; Synthetic vs. Natural Speaker: Joshua Bertrand
2012 -
Synthetic Turf: Concept, Design, Construction, Completion, Maintenance, and Lifecycle Planning ; Session Manual Speaker: Mark Nicholls, Turf Industry Inc.
2012 - A Realistic Review of Maintenance Practices for Synthetic Turf Fields Speaker: Mark Lucas, University of California – Davis
2012 - Synthetic Turf Removal, Reclamation, and Recycling Speaker: Zach Burns, The Motz Group (also available as a recorded session here)
2012 - Sustainable Athletic Fields and Related Environmental Issues Speakers: Patrick Maguire, Activitas, David Nardone, Stantec Sport
2012 - Artificial Turf Painting and Removal Speaker: Grant Davisson, Minnesota Vikings Football
2011 - Infill Maintenance from the Beginning Speaker: Shawn Mahonski (also available as a recorded session here)
2011 - Synthetic Turf Baseball Fields: The Pros, Cons, and Maintenance of Next Generation Artificial Speaker: Robert Ralston (also available as a recorded session here)


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