SYNTHETIC TURF INJURIES:
HEAR FROM THE ATHLETES THEMSELVES
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TURF BURN INCREASES RISK OF MRSA
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."
Science Daily, November 9, 2004
"Researchers found that 10 percent of players on a Connecticut college football team had MRSA skin infections, for which two were hospitalized.
Those who sustained turf burns during play were seven times more likely than their teammates to contract MRSA."
ARTICLES: INJURY & PLAYER PREFERENCE
Fox Sports, February 2, 2017
“U.S. players have been pretty clear on their preference to play on grass. While not all hate playing on artificial surfaces, they’ve made it clear that they prefer natural surfaces.”
“Former U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann especially hated [synthetic] turf and did most everything in his power to keep his team from playing on it. Even new U.S. boss Bruce Arena has been critical of the surfaces before.”
New England Sports Network, November 25, 2016
"While Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has enjoyed great success on his home field since the change, he said Friday he’d be in favor of ditching the fake stuff and switching back to grass.
'I think most players prefer grass,' Brady said."
Parents' Coalition of Montgomery County, Maryland, November 6, 2016
FIFA Report, 2014
"Players perceive the injury risk to be higher on football turf pitches than on natural grass, although the reported injuries are associated to soreness and fatigue, rather than muscular tears or fractures."
WWLP, September 10, 2015
"Our own thermometer showed temperatures of the artificial grass hovering around 150 degrees. It appears the coach was punishing some of the players when the injuries happened. The superintendent of schools said the coach should’ve known better."
ESPN, June 26, 2015
"Australian forward Michelle Heyman told reporters that when the temperature rises, the fields are like walking on 'hot coals.' "
The Washington Post, June 6, 2015
“For us to be playing the biggest tournament for women’s soccer on artificial grass is unacceptable. The game is completely different. It’s fake. So you don’t know how it’s gonna bounce. You don’t know how the ball is gonna run. It’s terrible for your body."
The Washington Post, June 5, 2015
“Numerous studies have explored the impact of artificial turf on the game and the body. The conclusion: In fear of injury, players are less likely to use slide tackles; the stress on joints increases; skin abrasions are more pronounced; additional recovery time is needed between matches; and with the ball moving quicker, a pinball effect threatens to destroy the rhythm of the game.”
Duke University Soccer Politics Blog, 2015
"Not only are players concerned about major ligament tears and concussions, but they also speak to the increased stress on the body. Morgan feels that recovery time is an issue as well: 'The achiness, taking longer to recover than on natural grass, the tendons and ligaments are, for me at least, I feel more sore after turf.' "
ESPN, November 27, 2014
"I've said it before and said it so many times. If this league wants to progress -- or any league in the world -- turf has to go. It's very simple. Very, very simple. It's not good enough."