Opinion: Are Turf Fields a Safe Place for Kids to Play in Westfield?

Dr. Diana Zuckerman, PH.D, Tap into Westfield: September 12, 2022 As a mother, I used to think that artificial turf and rubber playground surfaces were a clever and attractive alternative to grass fields. As a scientist, however, I learned that my children were being exposed to unsafe chemicals without my knowledge or consent.  I recently wrote […]

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Toxic chemicals lurk at playgrounds

E&E News, July 8, 2022: The sight of rubber surfaces on playgrounds concerns Dr. Diana Zuckerman, “because as president for the National Center for Health Research she has testified in front of multiple municipal and even state governments about the toxic chemicals that can lurk on those playground surfaces.” They look very pretty and feel spongy if a child falls, but the evidence shows the toxic chemicals in these surfaces can be harmful to children.

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Injuries Related to Artificial Turf

Artificial turf is used all over the U.S. for sports fields instead of natural grass. However, the risks to human health and injuries include abrasions, concussions, and musculoskeletal injuries, and the risks to the environment are also increasingly obvious.

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