Give your sports medicine team a break this season by improving the safety and reliability of your playing surface. A poorly maintained field filled with uneven patches of terrain, trip-inducing clumps, and damaged turf can result in unnecessary injuries and can be easily avoided with a little extra care. Whether you’re dealing with natural grass, dirt, or a poorly maintained turf field, these simple steps will improve your field’s longevity and prime your players for long-term injury prevention and enhanced performance.
Maintain a Clear Playing Surface
A low-maintenance first step for maintaining the integrity and quality of your playing surface involves proactive debris clearing. If your field is outside, remove objects like sticks, stones, and any other objects that can pose a tripping hazard to the athletes. These objects can damage both natural and artificial turf installations, so it’s essential to regularly check the area for problematic debris.
If you manage an indoor turf arena, clear objects like bottles, sports equipment, and other foreign objects daily A few minutes of your time after each game or practice session prevents objects from catching on the woven fibers, and will greatly preserve the integrity of the turf while preventing the need for repair or replacement.
Upgrade Your Field for Simplified Maintenance
If you still have a natural field, you’re already aware of the constant battle required to maintain a consistent playing surface. Grass and dirt fields are prone to clumping, unevenness, and problems with overgrowth and critters that like to tunnel. Instead of continually paying lawn maintenance crews, expensive water utility bills, and full-time field maintenance staff, transitioning to an artificial turf field will automatically simplify your maintenance operations.
Along with the long-term cost savings associated with artificial grasses, artificial turf maintenance is much easier than natural field maintenance. Thanks to innovative drainage systems that prevent natural erosion, durable surface materials that resist natural growth invasions, and modern turfs designed to last for years of consistent traction and performance, a synthetic sports field is the easiest way to optimize your arena.
With basic turf maintenance, your players will benefit from:
- Consistent Traction with Evenly Raked Fibers
- Safer Surfaces with Rebounding Qualities
- Superior Grip with Modern Turf Grasses
- Fewer Injuries Like Sprains, Ground Impacts, & More…
Rake & Monitor the Perimeter to Keep Players Safe
After upgrading your field to artificial turf, a few basic maintenance steps will keep your players protected and primed for athletic success. If you operate a highly trafficked player surface, you’ll want to gently rake the surface fibers in one direction to prevent wear patterns and traction inconsistencies. You can also partner with a turf maintenance company to handle any ongoing maintenance like drainage checks, turf repair, and routine service.
Although natural growths are unlikely to sprout within the center of the field, it’s important to regularly monitor the perimeter of outdoor turf fields to prevent weeds, roots, and other natural elements from encroaching and undermining the exterior edges.