Anyone who knows me will know that I am always banging on about wearable technology becoming the next big thing to come into our world of testing artificial and natural turf sports fields. Let’s face it; Sports Labs has tested thousands of fields over the last 20 years using very similar equipment and technology.
“2018 was a tremendous year for Sports Labs, which saw the Company continue to grow. As we look forward to an exciting 2019, we would like to share with you some of the highlights of what was our 20th year of trading.“ - Eric O’Donnell
In this article, I will focus on shedding light between the facts and myths surrounding artificial turf injuries.
Non-filled turf has been around since 1966, so it’s not a new concept.
Recently there has been some adverse press concerning microplastics and artificial pitches, so we thought you would be interested in learning more about this issue and how it might affect the industry.
Many of our clients are new to artificial turf and have little or no knowledge of what goes into the construction processes and components which come together to make a synthetic field.
Get PDF | The refurbishment market is now mature and in some countries, this accounts for up to 50% of overall sales. An interesting and worrying observation we see whenever we are involved in the refurbishment of old pitches is the legacy of poor base construction found in facilities that are 10 to 15 years old.
Get PDF | Hybrid systems were spawned from early iterations of soil-strengthened systems where soils were ameliorated with fibers or plastic mesh. These modifications enhanced or reinforced the soil structure to improve the root anchoring and retention
The FIH quality programme for hockey turf incorporates a significant update to the testing requirements for products and the field of play. The previous 2012 handbook provided an edit and more detailed account of test methods to be used to evaluate products and playing surfaces.
Player welfare is a core theme which World Rugby have at the front and centre of its thinking. A few weeks back I was privileged to attend a workshop and assessment of a group of organisations that manufacture systems or technologies used to assess a player
Recently the global governing bodies we interact with the most issued a guidance document aimed at providing a one-stop shop standard to cater for multi-use artificial fields.
Get PDF | Force Reduction Testing, which is also sometimes referred to as shock absorption testing, is the measure of the ability of a surface to reduce impact forces.
Get PDF | An early claim to fame for Sports Labs was the implementation of Key Stage Inspections (KSI) to the construction of the whole of the base works of an artificial pitch or track.
Get PDF | Rotational Resistance (or traction) is a test which was developed for natural turf fields to assess the amount of grip the field returns to the athlete.
Get PDF | It's convenient to think that artificial pitches are maintenance free, but the only truth in this is that you don't need to cut the grass.
The largest number of facilities in a region we examine is in the United States where we test over 700 fields per year against the GMax requirements. In Europe, we perform either a FIFA, World Rugby or International Hockey Federation test on over 600 fields.
Get PDF | A fantastic tool for testing the prepared formation of your pitch, it works equally well for the assessment of the base of an athletic track or court.
2017 has flown by in what was an incredible year for the turf industry globally. Sports Labs responded to this increased activity by opening a new laboratory and becoming an innovation partner of KNVB in Zeist, Netherlands.