sports – Artificial Turf Now Used in a Variety of Applications

October 30, 2009

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It is not uncommon to hear or read about how much home court advantage a college sports team has, based on the team having won a high percentage of games played at home. In a recent article, “Home Court Advantage – Can You Believe All You Hear?” I addressed the issue of why this kind of analysis is flawed unless you compare percentage of home wins to percentage of away wins.

Here I am going to address a second reason why what often is mistaken to be home court advantage really isn’t. The issue is that the concept of home court advantage requires that one compare how well a team does at home with how well they do on the road, when the opponents under these two circumstances are of more or less equal ability.

History

The major credit for this invention goes to a man named David Chaney. He led a team of RTP researchers who were responsible for making the first artificial turf. According to Sports Illustrated, Chaney is a prominent figure who made possible indoor major league baseball.

It was back in 1965 when the first artificial turf became popular. The first brand AstroTurf was then installed in the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. By the 1970s, the use of artificial turf in football and baseball fields in the U.S. and Canada became widespread. Europe followed a decade later in the 1980s. Through the years, the application of this artificial grass has expanded to include now more sports fields especially those meant for field hockey and lawn tennis.

Developing Healthy Communication  

At this level, there is no need to ever yell or berate an athlete for a mistake. If a middle school wide receiver drops the ball or goalie lets in a shot which costs the team the game, he or she is already going to be feeling down about the mistake as is. The last thing anyone needs is a coach yelling on top of the self-criticism.  

In your role as coach, what you need to do instead is calmly explain why it happened (“You took your eyes off the ball.”), say what to do next time (“Look the ball all the way into your hands.”), and provide a little trust (“I know you will do it next time.”). If you handle mistakes like this, your team will develop confidence in you and be eager to go out there again.  

Pros and cons

In areas with a dry environment and a low amount of natural light, this synthetic grass is very ideal to use. As this is an artificial grass, it can be used in any type of ground and can be exposed to all types of weather without getting much damage.

In home gardens and lawns, this is also a perfect choice. Not all homeowners are free to maintain their grasses and for these people, installing artificial turf is the better solution. This can even be used in roof gardens and areas surrounding the swimming pool.

A few disadvantages cited with the use of artificial turf are skin injuries such as abrasions and turf toe. These conditions normally result from playing on synthetic grass. Also, this type of grass is hotter when exposed to the sun’s rays for a long period

Resource Author Francisco Rodriguez H.
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