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Thursday, 10 May 2012

American fooball players more likely to suffer knee injuries on artificial turf

Research by Stanford University School of Medicine has shown that college American football players are approximately 40% more likely to suffer from knee injuries when playing on artificial turf than on grass.

The American Journal of Sports Medicine has published the results found by Dr. Jason Dragoo based on his study of players injuries over a period of 5 years, as reported on the Reuters website here.
"James Bradley, the chief orthopedic surgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a clinical professor at the University of Pittsburgh, said the findings support what's also been observed in the National Football League.
The problem may be how good a grip players can get on the surfaces with their shoes, with (artificial) turf perhaps providing too good a grip, he and Dragoo said.
"So if you are in the wrong position, because your leg doesn't give way as it does on grass, it can distribute that force to your knee and cause an injury," Dragoo said."
Research by the Sports Turf Research Institute showed that grass playing surfaces that used a Fibrelastic rootzone resulted in a reduction in surface hardness and an increase in surface resiliance, making the grass surface more player-friendly. We maintain that the most important asset to a sports team must be the players themselves, and that making them as safe and comfortable is of paramount importance.

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