The Role of Synthetic Turf in Concussion – White Paper

As evidence of the serious consequences of concussion and repetitive brain trauma grows, the search intensifies for new methods of concussion prevention and mitigation. When it comes to the role of equipment and padding, helmets, headgear, and mouth guards dominate the conversation. One opportunity to reduce risk that is consistently overlooked is the role of the playing surface, and particularly the opportunity to reduce concussion risk by providing safer fields.

One Turf Concept: FIFA, World Rugby, FIH establish 1.3 meter HIC recommendation

FIFA, FIH and World Rugby have invested large amounts of resources in developing long pile artificial turf requirements that reflect best practice in the areas of player welfare, performance, sustainability and longevity. All three federations recognize the benefit of artificial turf at all levels of their respective sports and, while each has unique playing characteristics, collectively support the development of, and investment in, multi-use community fields.

UT GMax Testing for Best Natural Grass Fields

Artificial turf should strive to be as close to pristine natural grass as possible to provide the safest playing environment for athletes. The University of Tennessee – Turfgrass Science Department has established the benchmarks for GMax in a variety of natural grass sports fields.