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BALANCING SAFETY & PERFORMANCE

SHAW SPORTS TURF IS COMMITTED TO A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO PLAYER PERFORMANCE & SAFETY



 

THOROUGH TESTING

Our systems are designed to provide safety as well as performance benefits for athletes by achieving the right balance of firm, fast and safe surfaces. Our turf products are engineered to meet the highest performance and safety standards. In our state-of-the-art sports science lab located in Dalton, Georgia, our turf is put through the rigors of athlete/surface and ball/surface tests that measure our products against the benchmark of perfectly manicured natural turf. This laboratory is one of the largest and most advanced research and development centers of its kind in the United States.
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ALL OF OUR SYSTEMS ARE DESIGNED AROUND THE FOLLOWING CRITICAL PERFORMANCE TESTS 

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ROTATIONAL RESISTANCE

Measures the torque required to rotate a set of cleats through a 90 degree turn through the surface.
 

gMAX

Measures high impact interaction between the athlete and the surface. 
 

VERTICAL DEFORMATION

Measures the athlete’s foot stability on the surface; the more firm the surface, the faster the athlete can run and turn directions.
 

VERTICAL BALL REBOUND

Measures the natural bounce of a ball, simulating its position after being kicked into the air. 


FORCE REDUCTION

Measures the amount of the impact force that is transferred to the athlete compared to running on concrete. 


BALL ROLL

Measures the distance and speed of a ball when passed from one player to another.
 

SHEAR VANE

Measures the how stable the field is to resist shearing from movements by players.


ENERGY REBOUND

Uses the artificial athlete and the same peak loading that is used for the vertical deformation and force reduction tests.


HIC- HEAD IMPACT CRITERIA

Measures the likelihood of head injury arising from an impact with the surface.


BALL ROLL

Measured by the length a ball rolls on synthetic turf in meters from a one meter drop. The speed of the turf is directly related to the distance of the ball roll.

 

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