PITTSBURGH (Jan. 5, 2012)—Liberty Tire Recycling L.L.C. and the University of Tennessee's Center for Athletic Field Safety are working together to test crumb rubber.
The partners are testing the potential role that crumb rubber might 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,” said Mike Wezel, vice president of sales and marketing for Liberty Tire Recycling. “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.