Navigation Links
Football Injuries More Likely on Certain Artificial Turf
Date:3/12/2010

More players had ligament damage, ankle sprains than on natural grass, study shows

FRIDAY, March 12 (HealthDay News) -- Pro football players are more likely to suffer certain types of knee and ankle injuries on an artificial turf called FieldTurf than on natural grass, a new study contends.

Researchers analyzed data from the 2002-2008 National Football League seasons and found that teams playing on FieldTurf had an 88 percent higher rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and a 48 percent higher rate of eversion ankle sprains (foot twists outward).

Per team game, the rate of all reported game-related lower extremity injuries was 27 percent higher on FieldTurf than on natural grass.

"These injuries could be happening for myriad reasons, and we need to further explore and initiate research into exactly why this is happening," study leader Dr. Elliott B. Hershman, chairman of orthopedic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and chairman of the NFL Injury and Safety Panel, said in a news release.

He added that "many NFL players prefer FieldTurf because it is softer and more comfortable to land on than other playing surfaces such as natural grass, but the more that NFL players play on this surface, the more prone they are to injury. It is important for athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and fans to be aware of this issue."

Speaking to the Associated Press, FieldTurf president Eric Daliere took issue with the findings. He said that recent data published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine by Michael Meyers of Montana State University found lower rates of injury among college football players who played on FieldTurf. That research was funded by FieldTurf and did not look at NFL football, the AP noted.

"Michael Meyers has come to a very different conclusion on a different level and his is a real study, not just a report," Daliere told the AP. "He mentions poorly designed [analyses] and this is the kind of work he does and that the statistical analysis by the [NFL] panel was also flawed."

"I don't put a lot of weight in it and think if is unfortunate it is coming out this way at this time," he said.

According to the AP, nine NFL stadiums now use FieldTurf -- Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, New England, Atlanta, Minnesota, St. Louis, Seattle and New Jersey's new Meadowlands Stadium.

The study was to be presented Friday at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' annual meeting, in New Orleans.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about sports injuries.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release; and Associated Press; March 12, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Novel Cooling Therapy May Have Aided Injured Football Player
2. Physical Therapist Provides Injury Analysis for Fantasy Football
3. High school footballers wearing special helmets to monitor brain injuries
4. Over one-third of former American football players had sexual relations with men, study says
5. Professional Football Takes the Field to Tackle Prostate Cancer
6. Football game days tops for drinking among college students
7. AUDIO from Medialink and Prilosec: Your Chance to get to Footballs Biggest Game
8. Arizona-Based Healthy Lifestyle Corporate Events Helps Football Fans Commit to Good Health
9. Pro Football Hall of Fame Member Jim Kelly Urges Congress to Approve the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act
10. Childrens Miracle Network and Arena Football League Partner for First Nationwide Celebration Event
11. Football Can Shrink Players
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... London, May 23, 2017: Walter Schindler, the Founder and ... a Guest Speaker and Contributor to a weeklong series of classes, meetings, field trips ... , Walter Schindler and SAIL Capital have received an increasing ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... Diagnotes, an ... a standard feature on its secure clinical communication platform. The platform allows clinicians ... depending on the type and urgency of a situation. , “We know ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... Therachat , a smart guided journaling tool ... on the current state of anxiety in support of National Mental Health Awareness Month. ... April 2017 and benchmarked general anxiety levels as well as identified the top triggers, ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... ... , ... Today, Our Urgent Care celebrates the grand opening of its newest ... Since opening over a month ago, Our Urgent Care Washington has enjoyed serving ... Our Urgent Care walk-in clinic is located at 3195 Phoenix Center Dr., Washington, MO ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... ... May 22, 2017 , ... WeightZone Factor ... to empower WeightZone Factor members to track their exercise patterns, monitor behavioral changes, ... education, all on their mobile phones. It also provides social networks for members ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/9/2017)... , May 9, 2017  Semler Scientific, ... provides technology solutions to improve the clinical effectiveness ... results for the first quarter ended March 31, ... products enable our customers to identify when preventive ... intervene before events like heart attacks or strokes ...
(Date:5/8/2017)...  Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO)., has completed its ... health care service center company based in ... relationship management programs for leading pharmaceutical manufacturers and health ... WRB will join Envoy Health Management, LLC , ... biotech firms, and other service companies. Together, WRB and ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... 2017  May is Stroke Awareness Month and Omron ... important methods to prevent a stroke: monitor and manage ... Control and Prevention, undetected and uncontrolled hypertension is a ... global leader in personal heart health technology, recently evolved ... attack and stroke and is advancing a national public ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: