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University of Tennessee and AstroTurf® Break Ground on Research Center for Safer Athletic Fields


Knoxville, TN — Signifying a new era in athletic field research focused on injury prevention, the University of Tennessee and AstroTurf® broke ground today on the Center for Safer Athletic Fields. The center is a comprehensive research initiative to improve athletic performance and reduce injuries that can occur on both natural and synthetic turf playing surfaces. Ceremonies were held at the research site located at the UT Institute of Agriculture’s East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Knoxville, Tenn.

“Possessing all facets of synthetic turf manufacturing from polymer development to field installation, AstroTurf® is an integral research partner,” Dr. Jim Brosnan, assistant professor of Plant Sciences at the UT Institute of Agriculture and research co-investigator explained. “We had to be able to work with a company that has the ability to use our research findings to advance the products installed in stadiums across the globe. It is our hope that comparing natural and synthetic turf surfaces to this scale will allow for fields to be safer at all levels of play.” «Read the rest of this article»

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