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“…I blacked out,” ‘…my head is ringing,” “…this headache won’t go away,” these statements are ubiquitous among turf sports and although the concussion crisis is driving advancements in treatment and prevention of concussions, one key part of the discussion is missing – the playing surface.
There are between an estimated 1.6 and 3.8 million sports-related concussions in the United States every year. The rate of concussions in youth soccer doubled from 1990 to 2014 and there are there are approximately 67,000 diagnosed concussions in high school football every year. When you take into account that one-in-five concussions are suffered from a head-to-turf impact, the playing surface begins to become a major factor in reducing the severity and repercussions of head injuries in sports. Shocked: “The Hidden Factor in the Sports Concussion Crisis” explores the lives affected by collisions with the turf, the evolution and science of synthetic turf, the safety pitfalls prevalent in the industry, testing and maintenance of turf fields, and what needs to be done to reduce the risk for athletes, from pee-wees to the pros.