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We learn more about the benefits of an artificial turf playing field.
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Rebecca Brayton: Hi! I'm Rebecca Brayton and welcome to watchmojo.com and today we're learning more about artificial turf as a playing surface.
What are the benefits to athletes for playing on this surface?
Jason Smollett: Performance. We've seen a lot of high profile NFL and NCAA, even high school players come out and say they love playing on the surface, it's always consistent, at times easier to see all the lines on the field, that there's no surprises, with natural grass to get a lot of mud balls as they say with football, divots, rainouts. So, players and coaches love it.
Rebecca Brayton: What would you say are the differences between playing on artificial grass versus natural grass?
Jason Smollett: One big difference playability wise is energy restitution. When players cut plants and release on field turf, they get optimal energy restitution. Ball roll is actually ideal on field turf sports like soccer for example, baseball. You don't want any bad hops.
Rebecca Brayton: Is an athlete more likely too graze on artificial turf, like for example, would a sliding tackle be more painful or dangerous?
Jason Smollett: No, that's not what we're seeing from players at all levels in all sports right now. You might get some bruises and cuts, but basically this has been proven to be safer, even the natural grass when it comes to major injuries.
Rebecca Brayton: Which professional sporting teams using field turf in their venues?
Jason Smollett: Currently 21 of the NFL's 32 teams play and/or practice on field turf. There's three MLB teams using field turf. Many of the professional soccer teams in Europe train on it, there's about seven MLS teams using field turf more in the US cellar right now as well. So, basically we're seeing at all levels in all professional levels.
Rebecca Brayton: What about playing during extreme weather conditions?
Jason Smollett: You can play during winter, you can play right after a rainfall, you can obviously play in the sunshine. It really is an all-weather field.