Both grass and Astroturf have their advantages and disadvantages. Astroturf is criticized for being chemically based, causing infections, needing disinfection and getting too hot in the sun. Astroturf is really only a good idea for areas where it is difficult to grow grass, or the ground is wet for much of the sports seasons.
Grass is the most natural playing field readily avaliable, an should ideally never be substituted with Astroturf and other plastic grass. God only knows what pesticides and chemicals have been pumped into this “grass” that our most athletic individuals are slamming into every day. Just an idea. Hope I helped, and have a green day!
Something that is yet to be discussed is that grass is the most forgiving surface for an athlete’s body. Astroturf itself is little more than a carpet over concrete, meaning that the body can take a pounding even while just running — imagine falling on it.
New synthetic surfaces like FieldTurf are better as they are built on a layer of rubber pellets (which might make them greener, as the rubber is usually recycled), but an athlete’s foot can still easily get caught in the “seams” of the turf, leaving them vulnerable to injury.
This year’s World Cup has been played mostly on grass, but two surfaces are grass with synthetic fibers worn into them in order to allow the pitch to hold up over the course of the tournament. This might be an more economical and safe for the players, but anything “synthetic” might not be totally eco-friendly.
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