The latest research on crumb rubber, the material commonly used in synthetic fields, supports existing evidence that the material is safe when used in synthetic turf fields.
The research analyzed four carcinogens including arsenic, cadmium, benzene and nickel as well as test data of 83 substances including trace metals, volatile organic compounds, and semi-volatiles in crumb rubber. The analysis concludes that no substances were measured at a higher concentration than what may be found in background typical air, soil and surrounding environments and many were completely undetected.
The study’s results were released by ACT Global and performed in cooperation with Dr. R. William Tilford.
“This collective body of data supports that this sample of crumb rubber is safe,” cited Tilford in the study. “The analyzed samples offered no apparent hazard.”
This is in contrast to anecdotal evidence linking synthetic turf to cancer.
In the past two decades, more than 50 studies have been conducted reviewing the health effects of crumb rubber in relation to inhalation, ingestion and skin contact, as well as cancer. Like the most recent study, the majority of the evidence shows no negative health effects associated with crumb rubber in synthetic turf.
Artificial turf is cost-effective, highly resilient and improves access to sports for children around the world. A durable synthetic turf pitch can accommodate multiple sports and activities, even in inclement weather.