Once again the research favors heavyweight infill systems as a recently complied study confirms the long-term safety of FieldTurf fields as it relates to field hardness (gmax). The study analyzed data from 11 FieldTurf fields located in California over an 8 year period.
The results of the study demonstrate that FieldTurf fields with heavyweight infill systems maintain safe Gmax ratings over time. Gmax signifies the firmness of the surface, which often has a direct correlation to injuries/trauma and performance. In accordance with MSP (Maximum Safety and Performance) fields need to be within a Gmax range of 120-180 to be considered safe, and the FieldTurf fields analyzed fall in this category.