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  1. Scott MacCallum

    Scott MacCallum New Member

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    The sad death of a young goalkeeper from cancer was in the national press this week. The connection was being made with diving on artificial surfaces and material from the pitch getting into his system via cuts and scrapes.
    I've got a friend whose leg ballooned up following an injury on an artificial pitch just last weekend and he was put on antibiotics while his leg recovered.
    Is there an issue out there? Is pitch technology, so good that it now is, ahead of the research on the bigger picture?
    Artificial pitches are an excellent addition to communities up and down the country and are here to stay but we do not want to be storing up horror stories for the future just because of a lack of medical research now.
     
  2. B.Harder

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    Hello Scott,

    the son of our accountant had a bad blood poisoning by a slight abrasion.
    Apparently there are many bacteria in the synthetic grass abf to less microorganisms.

    SGL has "recommended" to use the UVC180 also for syn.-grass.

    We see a future business in a sprayable, durable disinfectant solution.

    Is this already a business in UK?

    Greetings from Germany

    Björn
     
  3. Vic

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    If a definitive connection can be made confirming that the materials can be linked to the disease, then they must be outlawed.
     
  4. Shane Moon

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    i have read up a fair bit on this and some more investigation really needs to happen.
    There must be a different Crumb out there that could be used in place of the Rubber crumb.
    How about the Polyflex crumb they use for Athletic tracks, this must be safe.
    Lives are more important then greed.
     
  5. Scott MacCallum

    Scott MacCallum New Member

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    Hi Bjorn, Vic and Shane,

    Thanks for your replies. It would appear that this needs to be investigated more fully and I will look to raise the matter and examine the issues in the magazine.
    If anyone could suggest who I should speak with and who could contribute to an article I'd be happy to follow it through.
    Either post here or contact me directly on scott@turfmatters.co.uk and I'll chase it up.

    Scott
     
  6. Scott MacCallum

    Scott MacCallum New Member

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    I have been talking to people about this and hopefully will have something for the next Turf Matters - July/Aug issue.

    Scott
     
  7. Scott MacCallum

    Scott MacCallum New Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Just a rubber crumb update.
    Had been told that the European body charged with regulating chemical levels would be making a statement on Friday regarding recent research results.
    I learned today that this statement will now be delayed until sometime in August.
    Do believe a degree of urgency would be welcome to give everyone a clear view of where we stand.
    Scott
     
  8. Barry Pace

    Barry Pace New Member

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    No one's looking at the Biological angle... Its a Frankenstein environment that's rich in energy sources and no yin/yang balance established yet, why wouldn't certain 'pioneer' biology take advantage. The problem with the UV will be the light will only touch what it can see, a bit like its limitations on turf and any Biocide use, and it will need to be constant.. will need to take into account these are all designed with drainage or massive soakaways beneath and will all affect either water courses or groundwater.
     
  9. Rob Anthony

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    A death related to synthetic infill is catastrophic. Twelve years ago we had issues on synthetic practice fields at The University of Maryland with several players from several sports contracting severe staph infections and the fields subsequently were treated and continued to be so regularly. Just down the road, the Washington Redskins had a team wide outbreak and had to have the fields, locker rooms, and all potential harboring places completely saturated with antibiotics to arrest & control it. Remember, synthetic fields start out sterile and do not have the micro organisms to naturally combat this bacteria like a natural grass field will.
     

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