Any company can claim to offer safe turf products.
FieldTurf systems led to:
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ACL Injury Rate per Team Games Played:
Systems with >9 lbs per square foot of infill compared to all other infill weight surfaces led to:
Fields without pads led to:
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.
One Season of Division I Play
No difference in injury risk on natural grass and artificial turf in elite professional soccer athletes.
Skin Abrasions Due to Sliding on Playing Surface
No evidence of more skin related traumatic injuries when a slide was performed on artificial turf compared to natural grass.
The overall rate of injury on artificial turf was “noninferior” — or equivalent — to that on natural grass.
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