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How to Protect Gymnasts from Flame Retardants

New Study Released on How to Protect Gymnasts from Flame Retardants

Kids in foam pit

A TURI-funded study that tested exposure to flame retardants among gymnasts was published in the March 26th issue of Environment International. Silent Spring Institute researchers collected hand samples of gymnasts before and after a gym switched the foam pit cubes with ones that didn't contain flame retardants. 

Researchers observed a 5.4-fold decrease in levels of flame retardants that had accumulated on the gymnasts’ hands during practice, suggesting that replacing the pit cubes with flame retardant free alternatives is an effective strategy for reducing exposures. 

Read Silent Spring's press release.

TURI offers small business grants to help gym owners make the switch to non-flame retardant foam cubes.