NFL Football Injuries – Does Field Surface Make a Difference? From Louisville Sports Medicine

Researchers have explored whether there is an injury rate difference in NFL players depending on the surface they play on: grass versus Field Turf.  Dr. Hershman  and colleagues studied the injury rates in the NFL for the 2000 through 2009 seasons and found that Field Turf resulted in a higher incidence of sprains of the ACL and eversion type ankle sprains.  Eversion type ankle sprains happen when the foot is twisted in an outward direction.  The injury rate for NFL players was 22% higher on Field Turf compared to a grass playing surface for both of these injury types. Both of these findings were extremely significant.

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