Sports Turf with guest Rachel Massey – The Smart Human Podcast Episode #30

Hello everybody and welcome to another episode of the Smart Human Podcast. Today, I have the pleasure of talking with Dr. Rachel Massey, who is Senior Science and Policy Advisor at the Collaborative for Health and Environment and a Senior Research Associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts. Today, we are talking about a very important topic to me, artificial sports turf. We talk about materials, health effects, alternatives, and ways to stay safe. So stay tuned.

Here are some suggested links/resources:

https://www.healthandenvironment.org/join-us/blog/playing-on-plastic-artificial-turf-hazards-and-safer-alternatives

https://www.healthandenvironment.org/join-us/blog/6ppd-in-tires-a-concern-for-playgrounds-artificial-turf-and-more

Full set of TURI resources:

Athletic fields landing page: turi.org/artificialturf
Full set of TURI’s materials on the topic: https://www.turi.org/Our_Work/Community/Athletic_Playing_Fields/Resources_Playing_Fields_and_Playgrounds

Some individual TURI resources from within the above list:

One-page overview of artificial turf concerns: https://www.turi.org/content/download/13559/206802/file/ArtificialTurfConcerns_flyer_April2021.pdf
TURI’s extended fact sheet on athletic fields (2020): https://www.turi.org/content/download/13271/203906/file/Factsheet.Artificial_Turf.September2020.pdf.pdf
TURI report on athletic fields (2018-2019): https://www.turi.org/content/download/11980/188623/file/TURI+Report+2018-002+June+2019.+Athletic+Playing+Fields.pdf
PFAS in artificial turf carpet: https://www.turi.org/content/download/12963/201149/file/TURI+fact+sheet+-+PFAS+in+artificial+turf.pdf (Note: We may have an updated version of this ready by March.)
TURI’s natural grass field case studies: turi.org/organicgrasscasestudies
Short videos on natural grass fields in MA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cmjv1qteLho
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nws-ZpeaQJc

Resources from Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai:

https://mountsinaiexposomics.org/artificial-turf/
https://icahn.mssm.edu/files/ISMMS/Assets/Departments/Environmental%20Medicine%20and%20Public%20Health/CEHC/CEHC%20Artificial%20Turf%20Consumer%20Guide%205.2017.pdf
https://icahn.mssm.edu/files/ISMMS/Assets/Departments/Environmental%20Medicine%20and%20Public%20Health/CEHC/CEHC%20Artificial%20Turf%20Position%20Statement%205.2017.pdf
Healthy Playing Surfaces website – multi-organization site, housed at Mt. Sinai: https://www.healthyplayingsurfaces.org/

Other:

CHE webinar (from a year ago – more detailed than the one we did recently): https://www.healthandenvironment.org/webinars/96595
Q&A after the webinar: https://www.healthandenvironment.org/assets/images/webinarimages/Artificial%20Turf%20Q&A_FINAL.pdf
Healthy Building Network: https://healthybuilding.net/products/11-turf
Webinar by CCE and PEER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCi6-8JI8zE
Non Toxic Communities: https://www.nontoxiccommunities.com/

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