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More Lower Extremity, Orthopaedic-Related Injuries Occur When Playing on FieldTurf
Date:3/12/2010

ning," said Dr. Hershman. "What can be done to make the turf safer? Would different sports, such as soccer or age groups, such as high school football players, also sustain more ACL injuries or eversion ankle sprains on FieldTurf? What biomechanics are happening when a players' shoe meets the FieldTurf surface? We need to find answers to these, and other questions," he added.

The data from the study (shown below) represents NFL game-related injuries that occurred to players during the 2002-2008 football seasons:

  • Teams that played on FieldTurf surfaces showed an 88 percent higher ACL injury rate and a 48 percent increase in eversion ankle sprains.
  • Per team game, the injury rate was 27 percent higher on FieldTurf surfaces than natural surfaces for all reported game-related lower extremity injuries.

Dr. Hershman emphasized that his study only applies to NFL players, and does not offer reasons as to why more injuries occur on FieldTurf. H
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