Preventing serious sports injuries has become a major focus of professional sports, leading to changes in rules and equipment modifications. The National Football League (NFL) has even started requiring field managers to measure surface hardness before every game. Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Sports Surface Research reported that 10 percent of concussions are related to hard field turf. This growing awareness of the correlation between the density of the field and sports injuries has field managers looking for the most efficient solutions to reduce surface hardness.
Compost to the rescue to lessen sports injuries
It should come as no surprise that compost was on their list of solutions. Compost, in conjunction with soil aeration, was found to dramatically improve a field’s soil. Aeration involves using a machine that removes small soil cores creating more airspace in the soil which reduces the surface hardness. Compost applications also helped relieve soil compaction, which included the added benefit of creating better conditions for turf growth.
Learn more about the impact a field’s hardness factors in on injuries through Pennsylvania State University’s sports impact study on the matter. The NFL also published an article on the effect that aeration and compost play in its reduction.
Learn more about McGill’s SportsTurf compost, formulated for use on active playing surfaces.