ASTM WK47007

    New Specification for Impact Attenuation of Turf Playing Fields designated for IRB Rugby as Measured in the Field

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    Developed by Subcommittee: F08.65 | Committee F08 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification establishes an in situ test method and maximum impact attenuation value for all types of turf playing systems and for the sport of rugby. It also includes a protocol for determining test point locations on rugby fields. 1.1.1 Turf playing systems may be located outdoors or indoors, and typically include field areas within the in-bounds lines and areas outside the in-bounds lines extending to sport-specific limit lines; areas where an athlete should expect to encounter impact attenuation performance that complies with this specification. 1.1.2 Site-specific conditions may exist wherein non-turf surface materials, such as track surfacing and/or covers over subsurface structures, are found within the boundaries of the limit lines. These alternate surface materials are not included in the scope of this specification. 1.2 This specification establishes a method for reporting test results and identifying areas within an existing turf playing system where impact attenuation measurements exceed required threshold values. 1.3 Nothing in this specification is intended to impose limitations on what fields can be tested, or how a particular field can be used. Test providers can adapt the procedures and guidelines contained herein to tests performed on any turf playing system. 1.4 This specification does not imply that an impact-related injury cannot be incurred if a turf playing system complies with its HIC performance requirement. 1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    The International Rugby Board (IRB) uses EN1177 for impact testing and we should have an ASTM standard using F1292


    12.1 average g-max; drop test; rugby; field testing; g-max; HIC; impact; impact attenuation; natural grass field system; shock absorbing; synthetic turf field system; test point; infill turf system

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Technical Contact:
    Rolf Huber


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