Young football players believe there is no better fun than sliding along a rain-soaked field during a game, and it is even better if there is some mud involved. However, this can result in injury and sports authorities are recognising the safety benefits of artificial grass. With shock pads and rubber granular infill providing a cushioning effect against impact, young bodies no longer have to withstand the jarring associated with hard falls on grass.
Safety, Performance Consistency and Low Maintenance all Benefits
The surface consistency encourages an even bounce for any type of ball. This leads to better predictable outcomes for sports fixtures where a fair result is what everyone wants. Artificial grass is drought tolerant, requires no water and is low maintenance as opposed to natural grass, which often needs professional attention and the use of expensive machinery. If correctly laid, artificial grass will last well beyond eight years making everlasting astro turf an excellent financial investment.
Australia has always had the space for large numbers of sports fields dedicated to just one type of sport. However, as the population increases and we adapt to denser living, the time will come when multi-purpose sports fields will be needed. This poses a challenge for sports administrators as various sporting codes have different requirements and standards for the type of artificial grass their game will support.
No One Type of Artificial Grass Suits All Sports
These requirements are generally tightly defined by the controlling body of each sport. In some states, the governing bodies for soccer have allowed national youth level fixtures to be played on artificial grass but as yet, no A-Level matches have been played in Australia on synthetic surfaces. Currently there is no one type of artificial grass that is suitable for all sports.
Rugby Union authorities are monitoring the ongoing development of artificial grass products and assessing their suitability as a playing surface. Rugby League is also reviewing the situation with a non-abrasive product that reduces injury, which is their main priority. Touch football is being played on rubber granule infill fields and artificial grass fields have been approved for all levels of Australian Rules football below the key state leagues.
Hockey was quick to accept artificial turf and it was used in 1976 at the Montreal Olympics. Golf, lawn bowls and tennis are other popular sports that have taken this route and many schools throughout the country have also converted their playing fields to artificial products.
Lush Turf Solutions have partnered with the worlds leading global supplier who manufacture artificial grass to specification for sports turf for soccer, hockey, football and tennis.
For sports clubs, schools and even the backyard games at home, Lush Turf Solutions can supply an artificial turf product that is an excellent playing surface and also increases safety. Their website at www.lushturfsolutions.com.au has information, photos and contact details.