The interaction between surface and ball needs to be considered when designing a tailored pitch for American Football, as well as the biomechanical properties of the pitch. Most sports require players to perform a range of actions. They have to be able to start, stop and change direction abruptly, sprint, jog and walk forward, backward and sideways, jump, slide and fall over.

Matching Playing Fields to Players Needs

An artificial turf pitch for Football is made of different components, each performing a specific role: yarn, infill, backing and shock-pad. The ability to predict how an artificial turf system will respond to changes in specific components, and how they are combined, is becoming increasingly important today in order to create long-lasting, environmentally friendly and high quality performance systems.

The main challenge for American Football is to get the interaction between the ball and the pitch right - particularly the angled ball behavior, which is what happens when a fast-moving, airborne ball glances off the surface. American Football, similar to rugby, needs a high piling and greater shock absorbency compared to other contact sports such as soccer, in order to attenuate the players’ contact with the surface and avoid injury. (See "PanStadia article on Infill and Shock Absorption" - 750 KB PDF).

Dow understands that design considerations need to be approached from the end user’s perspective. Therefore, when looking at the player’s requirements for artificial turf, the performance criteria applied to our products are comfort, safety and performance.

With its complementary and closely integrated portfolio of materials and technologies, Dow’s artificial turf solutions team can help specifiers and architects to make an appropriate decision on every component of artificial turf.