ACT Global Sports Completes Natural Grass Study at Texas A&M University
Research by leading synthetic turf manufacturer and Labosport benchmarks sport performance of
Austin, TX, January 07, 2010 --(PR.com)-- With thousands of sports fields installed each year
throughout the world, the synthetic turf industry has gained acceptance due to the benefits of longer
playing hours, maintenance savings and all-weather playability. Buyer demands have also increased with
trends towards replicating natural grass in more ways than just appearance or shock absorption.
FIFA, as the world's governing body of soccer, has led this trend internationally with its significant
investments in natural grass and artificial turf research. FIFA utilizes natural grass benchmarks in areas
including foot stability, traction, and ball interaction to create its synthetic turf standards. These
benchmarks have led to safer, better performing synthetic turf fields. As North American buyers seek
similar benchmarks for American Football, additional research has been needed to also understand the
relationship of international synthetic turf standards as established by FIFA and a top natural grass field
for American Football.
ACT Global Sports with cooperation from Labosport and Texas A&M University, engaged the research
to understand the sport performance of the natural turf at Kyle Field stadium and compare those findings
to the FIFA methods. Kyle Field at Texas A&M was selected as it is well-known for being one of the top
natural grass football stadiums in the United States. It previously earned the Field of the Year by the
Sports Turf Managers Association and is managed by respected field manager, Mr. Leo Goertz.
The on-site technical assessment was conducted in October 2009 and performed on multiple points
throughout the field. Tests included shock absorption, vertical deformation (foot stability), rotational
resistance (traction), energy restitution (fatigue indicator) and various ball-to-surface interaction
measurements. The test