CONCUSSION RISK PROMPTS CALIFORNIA PLAYGROUND SAFETY INSPECTION COMPANY TO FOCUS ON SURFACE IMPACT TESTING
Safe 2 Play a leading playground safety inspection company expands services to focus on surface impact testing.
January 27, 2017 ( datsyn.com) – San Francisco, CA – With the rising focus on concussion risk in sports, Safe 2 Play has expanded their services to include surface impact testing. The synthetic turf playing surface remains one area of that has been largely overlooked to reduce concussion risk. The CDC estimates that between 350,000 and 817,000 concussions occur in sports and recreation every year from contact with the playing surface.1By offering surface impact testing, Safe 2 Play is helping to bring attention to possible non-compliant sports fields thereby reducing the occurrence of concussions. Additionally, it’s imperative to keep playgrounds and sports fields safe to avoid lawsuits and limit liability.
Since the founding of his company, Craig Faitel has been passionate about keeping playgrounds safe by offering comprehensive certified playground inspections. Safe 2 Play is expanding the services they offer to include sports field impact testing and playground safety surface testing. Sports field turf and rubber infill pellets degrade with usage and require regular maintenance. It is generally recommended that all sports fields be evaluated every year. However, few follow this guideline which results in a higher risk to injury for athletes because of decreased impact attenuation.
Head Injury Criterion (HIC) measures the probability of head injury due to impact. Safe 2 Play uses TRIAX equipment to determine if the HIC of a playground surface is compliant or non-compliant. For sports field safety surfacing inspections, Safe 2 Play offers GMAX testing with specialized equipment called the A-Missile and this process involves testing the infill at ten locations. G-max impact safety testing is one of the most common tests performed at SAFE 2 PLAY that determines impact attenuation performance using a test method that simulates the impact of a child’s head with the surface. The G-max is the measure of the maximum acceleration (shock) produced by an impact. The test is performed in accordance with ASTM F1936-10, a Standard Specification for Shock Attenuation, with the technical requirements of ASTM F355 procedure using an “A missile”.
With the rising focus on concussion risk, G-max impact safety testing is one of the most common tests we perform at SAFE 2 PLAY – Certified Matters. The test determines impact attenuation performance using a test method that simulates the impact of a child’s head with the surface. The test method quantifies impact in terms of G-max. The G-max is the measure of the maximum acceleration (shock) produced by an impact. It’s imperative to keep sports fields safe to avoid lawsuits and limit liability.
G-max testing on Artificial & Natural Turf. The test is performed in accordance with ASTM F1936-10, a Standard Specification for Shock Attenuation, with the technical requirements of ASTM F355 procedure A using an “A missile” (pictured below left).
Ten specific locations are tested on the field x 3 (30 tests) and in each location the in-fill is measured x 3 (30 measurments) with a specific in-fill gauge (pictured above right).
“As a certified trained Sports Field tester, I work with organizations of all sizes. I strive to provide excellence in service as I partner with your organization to help make it safer for our kids.”
Craig and his staff are dedicated to complete customer satisfaction of their clients in the San Francisco Bay area and all around California. Clients served by Safe 2 Play include playground owners, cities, school districts, home owners associations and apartment complexes located in Northern California. “We are pleased to offer service to mitigate the risk of concussions and serve our clients to help make playgrounds safer one at a time,” says Craig Faitel.
Safe to Play, is a leading certified playground safety inspection company with expertise in park, playground and sports field safety and ADA compliance. They provide sports field impact testing, playground safety surface inspections, plan reviews, expert witness, certified ASTM, CPSC playground safety reports as well as maintenance and inspection training.