Bremen High School District 228 Chooses Safety in Designing Sports Fields
The Bremen High School District 228 chose one of the safest synthetic turf field designs on market by including a Brock Shock Pad system for their four-field project that begins construction this summer.
“The opportunity to provide our student athletes with a safe and always available playing surface was exciting news, but after our research and commitment to the Brock ShockPad/14 layer, we are confident in this surface not only today but for years to come.” said District 228 Superintendent Bill Kendall.
The school district currently has natural grass fields, but they have proven difficult to maintain and do not provide availability necessary for the school. “Synthetic fields are a lot more usable than the natural grass fields and they’re easier to maintain,” said Jody Factor, President of Midwest Sport and Turf Systems, LLC. “They want to ensure everyone can use and enjoy these fields regardless of what the weather conditions were or are. In the Midwest, natural turf fields can get very hard when it gets cold, and when the fields get wet they can become slippery and dangerous, but with Brock installed you tend to avoid those safety issues.”
The Brock ShockPad/14 safety system provides a G-Max guarantee that the fields will never score above 135 G’s when tested. According to Jim Froslid, Central Region V.P. for Brock USA, “The G-Max is a fundamental tool of athletic field safety testing.” By reducing a field’s G-Max rating from 165 G’s, the current recommended limit by the Synthetic Turf Council, to 100 G’s you reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury by 50% percent, according to a Biomechanical study. “Just remember, the higher the G-Max value, the poorer the impact safety performance of the field’s surface,” said Froslid.
Although the G-Max test is a good test to simulate impact from a person’s torso, it is not a good measurement for head impacts. To simulate head impacts, Bremen High School District 228 will rely on the Head Injury Criterion (HIC) Test which measures critical fall heights. It’s the same test used in playgrounds and the automotive industry to simulate head impacts. The inclusion of a Brock ShockPad/14 layer achieves critical fall heights meeting the international “One Turf” standard for all sports, while far exceeding the Critical Fall Heights of traditional, turf-over-stone, synthetic turf fields.
“Imagine you’re concerned about students’ safety and someone says your field measures a critical fall height of less than one meter, the average rating for traditional turf-over-stone with sand/rubber infill. That means a student could potentially suffer a critical head injury falling less than three feet!” said Froslid. “Bremen High School District 228 said, ‘that’s not good enough,’ sending a clear message that safety was a huge priority and not just for the fields when they’re new, but after years of heavy, daily usage.”
About Brock USA
Brock USA is the leader in performance shock pad systems for artificial turf fields. With over 50 million square feet of Brock systems in play underneath athletic fields worldwide, the company engineers the best, safest, and most sustainable playing surfaces in the world for athletes at all levels. In October 2011, Brock became the first company in the industry to have a Cradle-to-Cradle Certification CM for its combined drainage and shock pad product.