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LeopardBall10

Concussion Report Highlights Field Maintenance

Hey everyone, I've been away from the site for a while but  friend of mine posted this article I thought some of you may find interesting.

The NY Times cites a new report from the Concussion Legacy Foundation based off of more than a dozen previous concussion studies that shows a strong connection between concussions and the quality of the playing surface.

(http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/30...ights-field-maintenance.html?_r=0)

I know this was brought up on this site before as the injuries mounted over the last few years, but how well are we really taking care of our turf? We can see guys on the field raking it, etc. but are they following the "owner's manual"? Is the field more dangerous as it nears the end of its life?
NewXbo

I have seen an outside source doing maintenance on the field a few times, mostly after a snow event. When they plow the field to remove the snow, a lot of pellets are removed because they are frozen to the snow. After the snow melts the field is re-pelleted. I can only remember one occasion when this was done during the football season, the Bucknell game a few years ago.

I have seen the field being "raked" a few times by college employees, using  York rake.
Franks Tanks

No expert, but the surface is nearing the end of it's useful life.  I imagine it will be replaced this year or next year.

Given this is an expected cost every so many years, shouldn't the college have budgeted for this project when the stadium was constructed?  This being Lafayette we will however get a letter from Bruce stating that the field is dangerous and we need your money to replace the field for the sake of the athletes.  If we don't get your money, we will have to stick with the poor field, and it is all your fault.
Lafalum

Franks Tanks wrote:
No expert, but the surface is nearing the end of it's useful life.  I imagine it will be replaced this year or next year.

Given this is an expected cost every so many years, shouldn't the college have budgeted for this project when the stadium was constructed?  This being Lafayette we will however get a letter from Bruce stating that the field is dangerous and we need your money to replace the field for the sake of the athletes.  If we don't get your money, we will have to stick with the poor field, and it is all your fault.


The field hockey field was replaced using 2 donors with the college putting up the balance. But it wasn't done until it was pointed out that the current turf had over two hundred tears in it. It was Byerly who moved the project along after Weiss left and wasn't done on time for the start of preseason. But in the end it was done well. Lacrosse needs it's own turf field as both fields suffered major damage and the life was reduced as result of Lacrosse use, according to a very informed source who is  in the business, and close the project.
Pard4Life

Field Turf life is ten years.
flyfisher

You can rake it all you want and add as many pellets as you want but the sub surface only lasts so long. The material gets matted down and takes a set. Plus we practice on the field year 'round
Pardsfriend

Field turf

I am normally skeptical regarding turf and maintenance, but not in Fisher Field.

First, I seriously question how many injuries are "directly" related to our turf and maintenance.  For that cause and effect to be accurate, it should be broad-based, across all sports that use the turf, including our teams and visiting teams.  From my perspective, and my kid played lacrosse on the turf, I observed no evidence of significant or even minor injuries due to the condition of the surface.  And that includes Lafayette and all visiting teams.
Rappolt field is a completely different surface and should not be compared to Fisher Field.

Second, and importantly, we have an in-house representative who should understand our turf and its maintenance extremely well.  I trust his acumen to recognize whether the turf should be reconditioned.

 FWIW.....

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