New Sportsturf Scoop Video: Sports Turf Injury Research
September 7, 2011
In the past, synthetic turf was blamed for contributing to athlete injuries. But, as synthetic turf has evolved into a surface that more closely resembles grass, has injury risk changed? In this edition of the Sportsturf Scoop, we look at the latest research comparing injury rates on infilled synthetic turf and natural grass.
New Sportsturf Scoop Video: Understanding Gmax
June 30, 2011
Gmax is one of the most commonly tested characteristics of athletic fields. But, what does a Gmax test tell us? What is the science behind the testing? In this edition of the Sportsturf Scoop, we address those questions and more as we breakdown the process of this important test.
New Sportsturf Scoop Video Focuses on Surface Temperature of Synthetic Turf
June 7, 2011
The next video in our Sportsturf Scoop series examines one of the biggest issues with synthetic turf – high surface temperature. In this video, we look at reasons why these surfaces get hot and under what weather conditions peak temperatures are reached. We also focus on the effectiveness of attempts to reduce surface temperature along with current research we are conducting here at Penn State.
Want Your Synthetic Turf Field Tested for Wear-Resistance?
May 27, 2011
Penn State’s Center for Sports Surface Research is offering a few lucky facilities the opportunity to have a sample of their new field tested for upright fiber wear resistance. The data will be compiled in an online database and be available to the public. If you are installing a new field at your facility and would like to be considered for our testing, all you have to do is fill out this form. You will also be required to collect a sample at your facility and mail it to us. Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to test all fields being installed but plan to test several of each and every monofilament product being installed in today’s market place. We plan to test several samples from each available product each year. Currently, we will only be accepting monofilament products. Email us at for more details.
Penn State Turfgrass Science Students Travel to STMA in Texas
January 24, 2011
This year's national Sports Turf Manager's Association annual conference was recently held in Austin, TX. Besides professors, Turfgrass staff, and Beaver Stadium grounds personnel, Penn State sent 19 students including 12 undergraduates from the 4-year turf program, 4 two-year turf students, and 3 turf science graduate students. These students traveled to the event to either compete in the SAFE Foundation's Student Challenge or receive a SAFE Scholarship or both. We took a couple graduate students to help manage/coach the undergraduate students.
Serensits Presents at SportSURF Conference
January 20, 2011
This past spring, Tom Serensits, Manager of our Center for Sports Surface Research, gave two presentations at the SportSURF conference at the University of Loughborough, UK. This unique international conference brought together researchers from around the world to discuss safety and performance of playing surfaces. Tom's presentations focused on surface stability of natural turf and human health issues associated with synthetic turf.
From the Field - December 2010
January 3, 2011
Injuries are a part of sports. From a little leaguer taking a bad hop off the shin to an NFL player suffering a devastating hit, it is impossible to prevent all injuries during competition – some are just inherent to the game. However, equipment innovations, enhanced strength and conditioning training, and improved playing surfaces each have the potential to reduce the risk of injury. As turfgrass scientists, our primary focus is on the playing field and its influence on injury risk.