Are High School Athletes at Risk From Artificial Turf?

HealthDay—July 8, 2016

HealthDay reporter Randy Dotinga reports on the impact fake soil in artificial turf may have on high school football injuries. Randy writes that, "Findings of the industry-funded research suggest a connection but don't definitively prove that less fake soil causes more injuries."

Samuel A. Taylor, MD, a sports medicine surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, comments on the topic: "Many other factors likely come into play, such as the influence of weather conditions in a given location on infill performance." Dr. Taylor adds, "We don't know the impact of how often a field is used on infill performance. For example, an NFL stadium used 10 times over a season and a high school field used year-round may perform differently over time."

To read more, visit This article also appeared in U.S. News & World Report.


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