There are a lot of good reasons to install artificial turf in a school or community park. While artificial turf manufacturers often tout the Durability, Versatility, and Sustainability of artificial turf. Positive talking points provide great reasons for investing in an artificial turf field. However, there is a dirty little secret when it comes to artificial turf manufacturers and how they sell turf.
Artificial Turf Manufacturers Say That Artificial Turf is a 100% Maintenance Free Solution.
Facilities that replace real grass fields (natural turf) no longer need to mow and water. While that is a true statement, it is also misleading. Artificial turf is not maintenance free and requires grooming, debris sweeping, and disinfection. In addition, artificial turf needs seem repairs and additional infill material added regularly. Neglecting the maintenance of your artificial turf field could expose children and athletes to harmful bacteria. Possible infections from MRSA, Staph, and even HIV are possible. School Boards and other purchasers of artificial turf need to start asking the right questions about turf safety. Start by understanding the 5 C’s of Staph transmission as recognized by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) out of Atlanta. The CDC is the world leader when it comes to infectious disease and public safety.
The 5 C’s of MRSA and Staph Transmission Artificial Turf Manufacturers Won’t Speak Of
Further Explanation of the Meaning of the 5 C’s
- Crowding – Artificial turf fields are usually in use year-round. As a way to make them cost-effective, many high school fields provide a playing surface for both football and soccer teams. As you can see, overcrowding quickly becomes an issue.
- Contact – Sports played on artificial turf most likely involve some form of contact, football, lacrosse, rugby, and soccer.
- Compromised Skin – Contact sports like football and soccer are notorious for leading to minor abrasions, cuts, and scrapes. Turf burn is of special concern and is not preventable in physical sports like football or soccer.
- Contaminated Surfaces – Bodily fluids from blood, mucus, and saliva are very common on playing fields. Unbeknownst to other athletes, these bodily fluids live on the turf from unknown people.
- Cleanliness – In addition to bodily fluids which fields absorbed, fields are often cluttered with pens, shoe spikes, feathers, and other litter which can cause even more skin abrasions and cuts.
Only 1 of the 5 C’s Is Needed to Transmit MRSA or Staph and Artificial Turf Has All 5 C’s in Common
Germicidal UVC Light Treatment Is The Solution Not Chemicals
The answer to MRSA and Staph prevention on artificial turf is easier than you might think. It is scientifically proven that germicidal UVC light destroys harmful microorganisms that cause MRSA and Staph. UVC light is just one form of ultra-violet light. UVC-C light alters the genetic structure of the germ making death unavoidable. When a virus or harmful microorganism comes in contact with UVC light, its nucleus is immediately penetrated, and ultimately this leads to death.
Sports Turf Northwest Your Educational Voice
What About The Sun?
Artificial turf manufacturers use “Scientific Studies“ to answer any and all health-related questions. When the topic about MRSA and Staph infections are spoken about, the manufacturers us these “Studies” in a false pretense. They make a false claim that the sun naturally gives off UVC light that will destroy this harmful bacteria, cost-free. The truth is that the sun does give off UVC radiation rays. However, the ozone layer absorbs most of these rays which allows life to live on the Earth. Concentrated UVC light used on artificial turf fields is safe for humans. The applied UVC light will only kill the harmful microorganisms and bacteria that may cause disease and infection. Artificial turf manufacturers need to embrace the truth and amend their sales pitches so customers may be informed about potential hazards instead of proliferating lies.
Sports Turf Northwest Has Answers and Solutions For Artificial Turf Safety
Sports Turf Northwest has become the educational voice for bringing awareness about the health risks of MRSA and Staph and the relationship with artificial turf. We help sports facilities find the tools needed to rid the turf of harmful bacteria and neutralize the risk for MRSA and Staph. For example, the 850 GreenZapr is the only technology available to eradicate harmful Staph and MRSA bacteria all the way down at the DNA level. UVC radiation ensures that the bacteria will not reproduce and the GreenZapr is a responsible choice when it comes to athlete safety on artificial turf.
Inspire change in the artificial turf industry by asking the owners of the fields how they are dealing with the risk of MRSA and Staph for athletes and children. Proactive instead of reactive is the best solution.
Photo of the sun by Jessie Eastland aka Robert DeMeo (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons