EPA & CDC, August 5, 2016
"Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has caused outbreaks among athletic teams and artificial turf has been implicated as a fomite in transmission of MRSA among college athletes."
WCPO, May 20, 2015
A Kentucky high school football player sued Newport Central Catholic High School after being infected with MRSA. "A rainstorm caused the field to flood with raw sewage," after which it was professionally cleaned. The field, however, is still damaged, and risk of MRSA is already higher on artificial turf fields.
Clinical Infectious Diseases, Oxford University Press, November 15, 2004
"MRSA was likely spread predominantly during practice play, with skin breaks facilitating infection. Measures to minimize skin breaks among athletes should be considered, including prevention of turf burns and education regarding the risks of cosmetic body shaving."