Safety & Health

More and more, people are choosing natural products to support their health, safety and overall well-being. Like the food we eat or the soap we wash with, the groundcover we walk and play on is a choice we can make to be healthier and happier.

Another study recently published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine demonstrated that NCAA Division II and III football playerss were 63% more likely to have anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and NCAA Division I football players were almost 3 times as likely to have posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries when playing on synthetic turf as opposed natural grass.

Recent research published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine discovered 16% more lower body injuries on synthetic turf than on natural grass among elite NFL athletes between 2012 and 2016. If all NFL games played on synthetic turf were played on turfgrass during the study period, 319 fewer lower body injuries would be expected.

Why? Previous research has shown that football cleats interact differently on synthetic and natural grass. Since cleats more easily create divots (a hole in the field from force) on natural grass than on synthetic turf, less force is placed on the body, which may help prevent injury.

NFL Study Fast Facts:

  • This study analyzed all 1,280 NFL regular season games played from 2012 through 2016, 555 of which were on synthetic turf and 725 on natural grass.
  • Researchers examined the rates of contact-related injuries and noncontact-related injuries, since noncontact injuries are more likely to be related to the playing surface.
  • Incidence Rate Ratios (IRR) were calculated to determine the exact amount of exposure to injury players may have in each game.
  • Play on synthetic turf had a 16% higher rate of lower body injuries than on natural grass. This included contact and noncontact injuries that resulted in any time loss.

NCAA Study Fast Facts:

  • A total of 3,009,205 athlete exposures and 2,460 knee injuries were reported in NCAA Division I, II, and III football from 2004 to 2014.
  • Injury rates of posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries were significantly higher on artificial turf than on natural grass during competitive play.
  • Specifically, PCL injuries in all divisions occurred at 2.94 times the rate on artificial turf than those playing on natural grass.
  • In Divisions II and III football, PCL injuries occurred at 3.13 times the rate on artificial turf than on natural grass and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occurred at 1.63 times the rate on artificial turf than on natural grass.