Being the avid soccer player I used to be, artificial grass is not a foreign concept. I remember when we first started practicing on those fields, I was so excited! The fields were always perfect and it was much easier to play on (expect on those hot days, the field would be at least 10 degrees hotter than it already is outside!). I have always loved turf for many reasons and I especially found it important to utilize as California is in the midst of a severe drought.
Reading this article was very eyeopening because it shined a light on the negative effects of artificial grass. I was unaware that the particles in turf could lead to nervous system problems, including confusion, dizziness, and unconsciousness. I believe that the heath of humans is more important than the convenience of an artificial field. If the study’s continue to show serious treats to the health of humans, I believe traditional grass should be implemented more.
That being said, I have been around turf almost my whole live and I personally have not observed any negative impacts on my dizziness, confusion, or unconscious levels (These are just my observations, I could be wrong but I don’t think I have any nervous system problems because of the turf). I know how helpful the fields can be, especially for big sports team seeking consistent perfection in their fields year round. If new sufficient data comes in that supports the negative effects artificial turf has, then I believe we should get rid of it, but until then, I think the artificial grass is a great alternative to save time, money, water, and energy.
What do you think? Here is a visual I used by using Piktochart to give both sides in a more creative way!