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Result of State Artificial Turf Fields Study: No Elevated Health Risk
But higher contaminant levels at an indoor field suggest ventilation needs
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August 3 , 2010 Connecticut Department of Public Health
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HARTFORD – A new study of artificial turf fields containing crumb rubber infill conducted by four state agencies shows that health risks are not elevated from playing on the fields. However, higher contaminant levels at one indoor field indicate that ventilation of indoor fields should be considered. Storm water run off findings indicate that proper management of this run off is prudent to address possible environmental effects.

The study findings were peer reviewed by the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, whose comments were incorporated into the final report.

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State study finds no health hazards in outdoor artificial turf fields
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July 31, 2010 The Ridgefield Press
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A new study of artificial turf fields containing crumb rubber infill conducted by four state agencies shows that health risks are not elevated from playing on the fields, the State Department of Environmental Protection said late Friday.

However, higher contaminant levels at one indoor field indicate that ventilation of indoor fields should be considered.

Storm water run off findings indicate that proper management of this run off is prudent to address possible environmental effects.

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Letter of Support for the Proposed Synthetic Turf Field Project
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July 2, 2010 Chris Lauretani, MS, PT, CSCS, CEES
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As you scan the newspaper headlines around the country, there has been a lot of attention placed on the proposal of installing synthetic turf fields in many communities. Since it has been such a hotly debated topic, these communities have seen a relatively equal split between those opposing the fields and those supporting the initiatives. Many in opposition of these new fields cite financial and safety reasons as their top concerns. As a former college athlete and now as a sports medicine practitioner, I have had the unique opportunity to compete and observe patients and team members playing on all types of surfaces including natural grass, the old "Astroturf" and the new "Field Turf" or "Next Turf".

Through my professional experiences and after years of reading the latest research on the innovation of synthetic turf fields, I have been able to formulate my own opinions related to the safety of these fields. But regardless of what my opinion is and what all the research says, it is absolutely essential to compare the exact same factors in any argument. It is useless to compare high school injury data from a small town in Ohio and the same injury incidence data from a professional NFL football team. What needs to be compared is what the data says for high school and modified level sports injuries as well as injury incidence data when the field conditions are at their worst. In this letter, I will attempt to outline some of the professional data related to these two distinct factors.

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Health & Safety Committee Releases Official Statement
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June 7, 2010 press release
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A Letter to the Pelham Community Regarding Synthetic Turf Fields

This letter represents the opinion of a group of local Physicians that were asked to evaluate the health and safety of installing and utilizing synthetic turf fields in our community.  We were asked to evaluate this issue by the Friends of Pelham Sports, a community based organization with the stated goal of improving sports and recreational facilities throughout the Town. We are all Physicians who live in Pelham and have children involved in many of our town sports.  We represent varied medical specialties that have some expertise in the issues regarding the safety of synthetic turf fields.  We are not members of the Friends of Pelham Sports.

Synthetic turf fields have become more...

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FRIENDS OF PELHAM SPORTS ANNOUNCES HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
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March 15, 2010 press release
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Group to Evaluate Issues Around Projects They Seek to Fund

Pelham, New York, March 15, 2010. Friends of Pelham Sports today announced the formation of Health & Safety Advisory Committee to examine issues around the safety and efficacy of turf fields.

Friends of Pelham Sports was created by Pelham residents representing a wide cross-section of the community for the purpose raising money to improve sports and recreational facilities throughout the Town. The group is modeled on highly successful organizations in neighboring communities in Westchester County who have funded capital projects for sports and recreation facilities. One of the group’s first goals is to fund the construction of the first turf field in the community, ideally at the Glover Field Complex

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Study Finds Crumb Rubber Turf Poses No Significant Threat To Air/Water Quality
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March 21, 2010 press release
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Tests Show No Health Concerns at Synthetic Turf Fields
A new study released today by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Health (DOH) concludes that crumb rubber material used in synthetic turf fields poses no significant environmental threat to air or water quality and poses no significant health concerns.

The study, available on DEC's web site (details below), assessed the potential release of chemicals in crumb rubber to the environment. Crumb rubber, produced by grinding scrap tires, is a common "infill" material for synthetic turf fields. It provides cushioning and helps to hold the carpet down and keep synthetic grass fibers upright. The study only addressed the crumb rubber infill and did not address pigments used in synthetic turf fibers that in older applications are known to contain lead.

The study found:

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