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Injuries More Likely on Field Turf

And anyone who has watched or played football during the past 10 years says a collective “duh!”.

The NFL panel found that ACL injuries were 88 percent higher and ankle injuries were 32 percent higher on Field Turf than grass.  That’s huge when a team like the Rams plays all their home games on Field Turf and some away games and an ACL injury will end any player’s season.  That is a huge risk to take and not coincidentally, the Rams have been plagued by injuries over the past 2-3 seasons.  The Rams are upgrading their playing surface to a newer and more permanent version of the Field Turf in 2010, which should be a huge improvement, but still dangerous according to this NFL study.   Edit: The Rams will be using the Magic Carpet II™ Conversion System featuring the GameDay Grass™ 3D Synthetic Turf System made by Astro Turf, for those of you into specifics.

The article notes that the Field Turf company paid for their own study and it not surprisingly, it found that Field Turf did not increase injuries.

(via Football Outsiders)

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3 Responses to “Injuries More Likely on Field Turf”

  1. Matt Moore says:

    The Rams are not going to be playing on Field turf next year. Please get your facts correct. The Rams have contracted with Astro Turf for their next field.

    It WILL be a big improvement over Field Turf, even though the Rams still chose to go with a big name brand rather than with the highest quality turf.

    Furthermore, the set up the Rams have with the Edward Jones Dome really, really hurts the quality of the turf surface as they take up and put down the turf as many as 8 times a year, which is just very, very damaging to the turfs.

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