FOOTBALL injury incidences may be on the decline as science steps in to evaluate cause and effect from all angles. Here’s a five year study evaluating the weight of the artificial turf infill as it relates to football injuries. Infill is the substance between the grass blades. The infill keeps the blades vertical and protects the grass backing.
Football Injury Incidences Affected by Artificial Turf Infill Weight
The study, which is the first to directly compare football injuries as they relate to infill weight, and led by Michael Clinton Meyers, PhD, from Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID, was awarded the AOSSM’s first-annual STOP Sports Injuries award. This award recognizes top research in the prevention of traumatic and overuse injuries in youth sports.
The study, which is the first to directly compare football injuries as they relate to infill weight, and led by Michael Clinton Meyers, PhD, from Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID, was awarded the AOSSM’s first-annual STOP Sports Injuries award.
“Our research showed that as the artificial infill surface weight decreased, the incidence of game-related high school football trauma significantly increased,” noted Meyers. “This trend was consistent across numerous changes in playing conditions as well.”
The research included a total of 52 high schools participating across four states, with injuries evaluated over five competitive seasons (2010-14). Infill systems consisted of sand and/or rubber, and were divided into four categories based on pounds per square foot. The injury totals were significantly lower when infill rates were at a level greater than 9 pounds per square foot.Full article…
Football injury reduction can be as simple as improving the game field artificial turf quality. It’s great to see science stepping in to help make this a safer game for the players.