When it comes to sports, injuries are a part of the game. But research done by Dr. Michael Meyers, Idaho State University Associate professor, may have an answer when it comes to preventing injury.
“There was a significantly lower incident of injury on field turf rather versus natural grass there were also far less injuries noted on aging surfaces of field turf than on natural grass,” said Meyers.
The typical injuries you might expect from a soccer or football game are a lot of twisted knees and ankles, but Dr. Meyers found that turf even eases up the chances of head injuries.
“When you look at American football, which is a more violent sport, there is a significant lower incident of concussion on field turf than on natural grass.”
So we know that turf fields like this one help keep athletes a little safer, but does it change the game?
Mike Kramer, head football coach at Idaho State University, says, “Would I prefer to play on a field of natural grass? Yes if I had a bigger budget and the lines on the field were always straight and perfect like they are whenever you play on a turf facility. It feels better than it did on the old turf, but It certainly doesn't feel like real grass.”
Regardless of how turf feels underneath your cleats, researchers continue to find the pros out-weighing the cons.
“When you look at it from the environmental standpoint, you're saving millions of gallons of water, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizer. So both from an injury standpoint and an environmental standpoint, field turf is a practical alternative,” said Meyers.