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Author(s):Waddington, Donald V.; McNitt, Andrew S.
Author Affiliation:Department of Agronomy, Penn State University, University Park, PA
Title:Penn State research on surface characteristics of playing fields
Source:The Keynoter. Vol. 23, No. 2, Spring 1995, p. 5-7.
# of Pages:3
Publishing Information:Lemont, PA: The Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council, Inc.
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Playability; Sports turf safety; Sports turf; Evaluative methods; Surface evenness tests; Athletic injuries; Surfaces; Absorption; Traction tests; Quality evaluation
Abstract/Contents:"How field conditions relate to injuries was a topic addressed in one of our earlier studies at Penn State. Practice and game fields used for American football at twelve high schools were selected for the study. The fields were assessed for agronomic factors such as amount and type of cover (both turfgrass and weeds), smoothness, and stoniness both before and near completion of the playing season. A survey of management practices such as fertilization, core cultivation, weed control, and mowing was also conducted. Athletic trainers at the participating schools kept recordes of injuries and rated each injury as to severity, body location and relation to field conditions. Although no single management practice or surface characteristic was correlated with the number of injuries, the trainers did classify 21% of the injuries as being either definitely or possibly related to the playing surface." Also reports the results of the research on surface hardness, which was conducted in labotory conditions, and the evaluation of traction by using a shear vane.
See Also:Original version appears in Proceedings of the 47th Northwest Turfgrass Conference, Vol. 47 February 1994, p. 1-6, R=284781. R=284781
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Waddington, D. V., and A. S. McNitt. 1995. Penn State research on surface characteristics of playing fields. Keynoter. 23(2):p. 5-7.
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