Rugby requires a playing field that provides excellent biomechanical response in the player-surface interaction.
By following requirements set by the regulations, it is essential to maintain optimum shock absorption to minimize the risk of injury, particularly impacts to the head, and good vertical deformation or stability. To achieve the required values greater height is required in the artificial turf it is necessary to introduce a greater quantity of filler sand and rubber granules. The rubber granule fillers facilitate player traction, while also minimizing the risk of injury. Incorporating an elastic base layer under the turf helps to achieve these conditions, as well as improving the system’s durability. To guarantee sports function, a good artificial turf system will be resistant and highly durable over time due to UV protection. In addition, artificial turf with firm, upright blades will enhance resistance. Mondoturf recommends the use of high quality systems incorporating elastic base layers, turf filaments composed of polyethylene to minimize abrasion, with heights over 65 mm, low density tufts in 5/8” gauges and filled with sand and rubber granules.
Mondoturf played a key role in our success in 2009. The number and seriousness of turf-related injuries has been significantly reduced, and our student-athletes’ muscles recover much more quickly than when they played on other surfaces. We also have better practices early in the week because our athletes’ legs stay fresher even after a full week of practice and a weekend game. In addition, since we installed Mondoturf, our recruiting has improved. The overall beauty of the turf attracts a lot of attention from our prospects – much more than the natural grass surface we previously had.
Our system relies on the speed of the players, and the technology behind the Mondoturf FTS system provides the stability that is necessary for that speed. We also wanted a field with characteristics that were similar to natural grass while also significantly reducing the heat factor.