As spring sports season begins and regular practice and games resume, you are going to want to put your athlete’s safety first. Scheduling regular GMAX testing will ensure each layer of your turf is performing as expected, reducing the risk of serious injury to each player. GMAX testing measures the amount of source your field is absorbing as a large hammer is dropped down from a distance of several feet. If the result is high, it means that more pressure is being forced back onto the athlete, which can lead to serious injury.
What Happens During Synthetic Turf Testing?
Technology is being developed to make synthetic grass softer and safer, but keeping your turf regularly maintained is critical to its performance. GMAX testing and maintenance restores your field to like-new: rubber infill is replaced and redistributed to even the playing field, with any field contaminants removed. Debris affects play, and rocks and twigs embedded between the blades pose tripping risks, leading to falls and potential head injuries. A weighted hammer is dropped repeatedly on your field, testing different sections for shock absorption.
How Often Should I Have GMAX Testing Performed?
You should have GMAX testing performed immediately after a new field is installed to make sure it is up to code and to develop a baseline for future testing. After the initial inspection, it is important to have the field tested several times per year in order to keep your athletes safe. Turf Prep provides maintenance plans that test your GMAX levels and overall safety six times during peak usage.
GMAX Testing & Synthetic Turf Maintenance in Boston, MA
If you are looking to have your synthetic turf serviced and properly maintained, contact Turf Prep today! We will visit your facility six months during the spring and fall to ensure your turf is safe to use, touching up paint and redistributing your rubber infill during the process. Turf Prep can be reached by calling 1-877-774-8873 or by filling out our online form.