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Proven Safety

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FIELDTURF VS NATURAL GRASS

3-year study

FieldTurf systems led to:

  • 13% Fewer Muscle Strains / Tears
  • 11% Fewer Concussions
  • 31% Fewer Ligament Tears
  • 24% less High Ankle Sprains
  • 21% Fewer Severe Injuries
  • 23% Fewer Injuries on 4-8+ Year Old Surface

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High School Football

FieldTurf vs Natural Grass

5-year study

FieldTurf systems led to:

  • 44% Fewer Concussion Injuries Combined
  • 43 % Fewer ACL Injuries Combined
  • 25% Less Time Lost to Long-Term Injuries (22+ Days)
  • 16% Less Time Lost to Short-Term Injuries (1-2 Days)

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

FIELDTURF VS NATURAL GRASS & COMPETING SYSTEMS

4-year study

ACL Injury Rate per Team Games Played:

  • .048 FieldTurf
  • .050 Natural Grass
  • .053 Competing Turf Systems

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

heavyweight infill VS other infill weight surfaces

7-year study

Systems with >9 lbs per square foot of infill compared to all other infill weight surfaces led to:

  • 19%-29% lower incidence of total injuries
  • 35%-55% lower incidence of Substantial injuries
  • 19%-26% lower incidence of severe injuries
  • 32%-47% lower incidence of player-to-turf injuries
  • 17%-22% lower incidence of Ligament Sprains and Tears
  • 58%-63% lower incidence of injuries on surfaces aged 8+ years, vs systems with 0-5.9 lbs per square foot

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

FIELDS WITH SHOCK PADS VS FIELDS WITHOUT

7-year study

Fields without pads led to:

  • 53% less player-to-turf collision injuries
  • 39% less shoulder girdle trauma
  • 63% less lower leg injuries
  • 73% less neck trauma

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When are shock pads recommended?
There are some situations where a shock pad is highly recommend. When installing light-weight infill systems, common with alternative / natural infills like cork, coconut and/or olive, there isn’t enough material in the system to provide the necessary shock absorption. To meet the needed industry safety requirements, a shock pad is added under the system to provide the adequate performance.

Effects of Playing Surface on Physical, Physiological and Perceptual Responses

artificial vs grass

Study concluded:

  • An improved physical performance on artificial turf compared to natural grass.
  • Performance tasks incorporating greater reliance on agility and change of direction ability are more likely to be enhanced on artificial turf compared to natural grass.
  • The improved physical performance on artificial turf was accompanied by improved perceptual and some blood biochemistry (Lac, Neu and LYM) responses.

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COLLEGE men's soccer

FIELDTURF VS NATURAL GRASS

6-year study

FieldTurf systems led to:

  • 25% Fewer Total Injuries
  • 20% Fewer Severe Injuries
  • 33% Fewer Concussions
  • 15% Fewer Injuries due to player-to-surface collisions

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COLLEGE women's soccer

FIELDTURF VS NATURAL GRASS

5-year study

FieldTurf systems led to:

  • 11% Fewer Total Injuries
  • 33% Fewer Severe Injuries
  • 57% Fewer Injuries on Surfaces 8+ years old
  • 17% Fewer Injuries in Rain-Field Conditions

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Italian Major League - Soccer

Artificial Turf vs Grass

One Season of Division I Play

Study concluded: No difference in injury risk on natural grass and artificial turf in elite professional soccer athletes.

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Amateur Soccer

Artificial Turf vs Grass

Skin Abrasions Due to Sliding on Playing Surface

Study concluded: No evidence of more skin related traumatic injuries when a slide was performed on artificial turf compared to natural grass.

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MLS Soccer

Artificial Turf vs Grass

4-year study

Study concluded: The overall rate of injury on artificial turf was “noninferior” — or equivalent — to that on natural grass.

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