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Synthetic Turf Fields
All photos courtesy Tom Serensits
Managing surface hardness
By Tom Serensits
W ith an increased focus on
concussions in sports, many aspects
associated with athlete safety are
under higher levels of scrutiny—
playing-surface hardness is one of them. While
both natural and synthetic turf ﬁelds can reach
unsafe hardness levels, the latter seem to receive
the most attention.
Assuming a proper installation, synthetic
ﬁelds are initially well below hardness
thresholds in the months after installation.
Over time, these ﬁelds may get harder. In some
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