More than 50 soccer players at the same university have been diagnosed with cancer – allegedly linked to chemicals in their artificial turf field.
Amy Griffin, associate head coach of the University of Washington women’s soccer team, claims 53 former and current players – mostly goalkeepers – have mysteriously developed the disease after joining the team.
They make up around an eighth of the 237 soccer players worldwide who have reported the same fate.
Artificial turf fields, made of synthetic fibers to mimic grass and tire crumbs to mimic soil, are often used for traditionally played outdoor sports.
However, research has shown that the infill made from recycled tires, also known as crumb rubber, contains a cocktail of toxic chemicals – including carbon black, which has been proven to fuel tumor growth.
Despite a state investigation reporting that the fields pose no danger,…