AUSTIN (KXAN) — Despite studies cited by the artificial turf industry, some critics continue to raise questions about the safety of some popular football fields.
An NBC News investigation found federal government agencies are now not saying whether crumb rubber artificial turf at thousands of places across the country is safe. The original NBC News story last year focused on a college soccer coach who started asking questions about the turf after players began getting sick, with cancer. Some high school stadiums in central Texas also use the crumb rubber, which is made from ground up tires. Although, not all artificial fields use the product. An Austin ISD spokesperson tells KXAN News the district did not use recycled rubber when it renovated the House Park field after the Memorial Day flood.
“Now that it’s coming up. It’s like saying you want to make sure it’s good for the kids and for future generations also,” said Samuel Sanchez, a central Texas parent of a high school athlete.
Members of the artificial turf industry point to studies like one from the State of Connecticut.
“Our risk assessment did not find elevated cancer risk,” stated a letter about the study.
The NBC Investigation also pointed out that there are no studies proving turf causes cancer.