Advantages of Artificial Turf Athletic Fields

For decades artificial turf has been replacing natural turf in athletic fields across the world in everywhere from Olympic stadiums and professional league arenas to grade school sports fields. From its outset, artificial turf athletic fields have offered a number of benefits and advantages that natural turf fields can’t compete with.

All-weather Utility

Natural turf fields will turn to mud in a moderate to heavy rain. If you play on a natural field while it’s raining, you can say goodbye to the grass and look forward to a good deal of replanting later on. For an artificial turf field, however, rain or shine, players will leave a perfect field behind every time. The all-weather properties of these fields make them particularly ideal for wetter areas or playing during rainy times of the year.

Versatility and Preparation

Artificial turf athletic fields are versatile and can endure heavy use. After events, natural turf will need a period of recovery before another game can be played on it. If you are organizing several consecutive sporting events to take place on the field, this recovery time can limit or interfere with your arrangements. However, while natural turf fields are able to withstand about 100 event hours of use, artificial turf fields can endure well over 500 event hours. For a multi-purpose field with frequent events and games, artificial turf is often the best solution. It requires 0 recovery time and is ready to go as soon as your team is.

No Growing Required

After installation, artificial turf is ready for use. Preparation for natural turf takes much longer and requires significant attention and care as the seasons change. As time passes, certain areas will wear down more than others, leaving the look of the field patchy and inconsistent. Every few weeks it must be mown and the grass trimmings collected. To keep away bugs that can damage the field, it is often necessary to use pesticides, which can spread into surrounding areas and leach into nearby water sources. Fertilizer can have similarly harmful effects on nearby areas in addition to consuming a considerable amount of time. The frequent watering can drive water expenditures through the roof. With every spring, you can also look forward to the replanting you will have to perform to thicken the turf again to meeting playing and aesthetic standards. None of these problems associated with growing and maintaining grass are present in an artificial turf field.

Types of Tracks

Whether you run competitively or recreationally, the type of surface you run on can impact your speed, your technique, and even your physical health. While a comfortable surface can improve your running experience, a hard surface can wear down your body over time, particularly your joints. You may even feel it as you practice. That said, no two runners are alike and each may prefer a different surface. Each has its own advantages.


A synthetic track surface is durable, weather-resistant, and reliable. The spongy texture of synthetic athletic surfaces provides good shock absorption and a stable tread. Because synthetic tracks are an independent system from their environments, they will not erode over time and can be maintained with minimal effort. This translates into even surfaces without surprises. Because of the material and construction, athletes can use the track even during drizzly weather without having to worry about getting caught in the mud. Synthetic tracks are also well-suited for indoor or stadium fields.

Grass and Turf

Running through fields of grass is easy on your joints because the turf provides a nice cushion and the dirt beneath is kept from being too tightly packed by the roots of the grass. You may even be able to run barefoot if the field is well-maintained. However, on rainy days, the grass can be dangerously slippery or suck your shoes into mud. It is also hard to find a good stretch of grass without dips or holes, which can be a hazard if you stumble into one accidentally.


Dirt tracks are a mixed bag. In ideal conditions, they should provide decent shock absorption (although not as much as turf) for an easy run. Most traditional cross-country tracks will be dirt and offer scenic trails. On hot days, though, the dirt can dry out and become as hard as asphalt from dense packing. A loose surface layer may also create a slippery tread for runners. As with other natural surfaces, dirt tracks may be pitted with dips and potholes from animal activity and the forces of erosion. If a dirt track isn’t routinely maintained, you may see it return to nature in a short amount of time.


Asphalt is harsher on your joints than (generally) dirt and turf surfaces because it offers a harder surface, but this property also allows you to break out with faster run times. Another down side, though, is that on sunny or hot days, the asphalt will seem to radiate the ambient heat onto you as you run. If you run on this surface, which some city dwellers are limited to, make sure that you are hydrated and have well-cushioned and supportive running shoes.

Note: Concrete surfaces are significantly harder than asphalt ones and are not suited for intense training.

Synthetic Vs Natural Athletic Tracks

Historical Perspective

Traditionally runners have preferred natural athletic surfaces, such as dirt and turf, for running because the alternatives (asphalt and concrete) provided surfaces too harsh to train on for either long-term recreational running or competitive preparation. Despite the advantages offered by natural surfaces, there were also some challenges. Natural tracks required careful maintenance to preserve good running surfaces. Gopher holes, ditches from running water, dips created from puddles, etc. create hazards for unsuspecting athletes. Competitions of the past were often held on cinder or clay, but as with the other surfaces, they were subject to natural weathering over time.

Synthetic Tracks Emerge

Synthetic athletic tracks made a major debut in the late 60s at the Mexico City Summer Olympics. Although synthetic track systems had been in development before then (mainly consisting of a mixture of asphalt and sand), these new polyurethane surfaces revolutionized the industry. Our own Rekortan hit the fields a year later. Now synthetic tracks are the most common type of track installed around the world and have become the standard for major competitions.

Advantages of Synthetic Tracks

There are a few reasons why synthetic tracks became so popular so quickly. Runners and athletes like them because they offer good shock absorption, like grass and dirt tracks do, but they also do not make runners lose speed, as soft natural surfaces do. There is enough give to allow for comfortable running, but an underlying firmness that prevents a loss of speed. This quality has earned synthetic tracks the reputation for being “fast tracks.” These surfaces also offer good traction, even in inclement weather, which is not the case with natural surfaces that change depending on the weather. This all-weather quality made training and competition more consistent, allowing athletes to pursue uninterrupted training for longer periods of time despite the changing of the seasons.

Professional Performance

Competitions have taken to relying on synthetic tracks because they offer an even and dependable surface. These tracks can also be used for either indoor or outdoor applications, providing a consistent surface for runners, stadium designers, and event planners to utilize. For constructing major venues, such as those for the Olympics, which are designed to last for years on end, synthetic materials are also now preferred for their durability, resistance to weathering, and relatively low maintenance requirements.

APT Sport Surface Calculator – Application for Mobile Devices

New APT Sport Surface Calculator available on the AppStore.

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The APT App services the sport surfacing industry worldwide. Obtain valuable information about sport surface construction, browse a list of related sport surfacing products and systems, learn about their technical properties and field of application. Partnered Sport Surfacing Companies can obtain access to the APT Sport Surface Calculator for quick calculation of particular products and systems.

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Calculate a variety of indoor and outdoor sport surfaces: per m² and/or yd², per millimeter and kg. The APT App offers a calculator for sport surface system construction with milimeter accuracy. Once downloaded the application provides an offline database including: technical data, system specifications, application guides and an easy contact button with which you can locate the sales office and services closest to you. The new APT App is available on the App Store beginning of November 2011.

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SPURTAN BV for the Peruvian Institute of Sports

The Peruvian Institute of Sports in Puno, Peru got a new athletic track.

Using apt Qualipur components for the construction of the most important raceways and our IAAF recommended supervision for the lining. Ask for our supervision recommended by the International Association of Athletics Federation for your next project and enhance the prestige of your track with an IAAF certificate.



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One Prestigious Location for FIFA 2 Star and IRB ONE TURF

If there is one place in Hong Kong where families and serious sportsmen
can find every sporting facility they desire in one prestigious location, it has to be the Hong Kong Football Club.The club is renowned for constantly developing and improving facilities and recently upgraded several of its sport surfaces with new systems of the APT Group of companies.·

The upgrade included:

•·Poligras Olympia Hockey Pitch – FIH Certified
•·Poligras Premier RS···Soccer/Rugby pitch – ·FIFA 2 Star Certified
· and IRB Rule 22 Compliant
•·Six OmniCourt ProCourt Tennis Courts – ITF Classified
•·Dynapoint Multipurpose Gymnasium Flooring –
· International Handball Federation approved
•·Spurtan Sureplay – Jogging trail



When Champions Build their Teams Win.

Cubed Home Field Advantage at the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 in Delhi.

The results of the hockey competition read as if the teams knew what they were playing on – POLIGRAS – the artificial turf systems for hockey pitches made in Australia.Commonwealth Games logo

Australia won the gold medal beating India in the men’s hockey finals. The finals were carried out on the new POLIGRAS hockey turf in the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, often referred to as “The Temple of Indian Hockey”. Named after the legendary hockey player and Olympian Major Dhyan Chand, the stadium has hosted major hockey events including IX Asian Games Hockey and Hero Honda FIH Hockey World Cup 2010 prior to the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010.

The stadium boasts of two brand new POLIGRAS hockey turfs. What a lucky coincidence the hockey results indicate, taking into account that it is an Australian hockey pitch system which has been installed by an Indian Sport Surface Construction Company. The results get peculiar when considering that it was a superintendent from New Zealand supervising the installation of the hockey pitch.


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