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:

Full set of TURI resources:

Athletic fields landing page:
Full set of TURI’s materials on the topic:

Some individual TURI resources from within the above list:

One-page overview of artificial turf concerns:
TURI’s extended fact sheet on athletic fields (2020):
TURI report on athletic fields (2018-2019):
PFAS in artificial turf carpet: (Note: We may have an updated version of this ready by March.)
TURI’s natural grass field case studies:
Short videos on natural grass fields in MA:

Resources from Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai:
Healthy Playing Surfaces website – multi-organization site, housed at Mt. Sinai:


CHE webinar (from a year ago – more detailed than the one we did recently):
Q&A after the webinar:
Healthy Building Network:
Webinar by CCE and PEER:
Non Toxic Communities: