By John Grey
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Sport influences artificial turf yarn design
Across the globe athletics and specifically team sports play a massive role in society. Sport influences and touches almost all aspects of life and is highly regarded as the universal language. Take for example the world cup. Most teams and fans don’t even speak each others language but they speak the language of the game. In this post we look at how sport has influenced the product development of synthetic turf.
College and high school fields are often designed for multipurpose use, but high-level competition can require a dedicated field with dedicated design considerations. In this case companies design a yarn with a specific application in mind. In Europe, soccer is a big, big market and there is a full range of yarns that are soccer-specific.
When asked how a given sport influences yarn design just think about it. In American football, you basically have guys running across a field, whereas in soccer, it’s all about the ball contact with the playing surface. The fiber needs to stand or be consistent in the way it lays, so we have a level, consistent playing surface. In field hockey, it’s all about the ball roll, but at the same time you’re using a stick to drive that ball. Very specific yarns need to be applied for these different sports.
There is some crossover and some yarns work for many different sports. For example high-end soccer applications, monofilament fiber serves football – which takes ball roll out of the equation, for the most part. A soccer system is good for American football, because at the end of the day, there’s not so much ball contact with the surface. It’s about the players’ performance.
What about at the end of a playing fields lifespan? How do today’s fibers stand up to all that heavy sporting traffic?
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