The organizations are testing the potential role that crumb rubber could play in maintaining a natural grass athletic surface, according to a news release.
"Crumb rubber infill used on athletic surfaces provides a host of benefits," Mike Wezel, vice president of sales and marketing for Liberty Tire Recycling, said in a statement. "For the athlete, it offers a safer, higher-performing surface. It also lengthens play on the surface, particularly in high-traffic areas of the field."
Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire will fund the studies over a two-year period, with tests including simulated foot traffic to determine the best crumb rubber particle size and depth for better field performance, among others.
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Jan. 5 -- Liberty Tire Recycling and the University of Tennessee´s Center for Athletic Field Safety are joining forces.