A new study shows that ground rubber found in sports fields and playgrounds often contains cancer-causing chemicals.
The so-called “crumb-rubber” — recycled tires that are crushed to bits — is used as padding in synthetic turf fields and in some playgrounds all over Northeast Ohio.
It’s not just an “anything causes cancer” argument as others are trying to make it out to be. Out of 124 cancer patients who were primarily soccer players, 84 were goalies (meaning they had a lot more contact with the rubber than other players).
Ground up tire rubber is from old tires:
- Tire rubber contains cobalt as part of the vulcanization process.
- Tires drive thousands of miles on asphalt roads, can come in constant contact with anti freeze, oil, pesticides, anything found on roads or parking lots.
Athletic fields is one thing – playgrounds are more of a concern to me because of the likelihood of children ingesting this stuff. A family friend brought to my attention that Calgary (Alberta, Canada) had a similar issue almost a decade ago about lead in the grass of a residential area that was previously commercial zoned. It wasn’t safe for kids to play in that grass…