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Composition of Artificial Turf Surfaces Key to Preventing High School Football Injuries, Says New Research

Author Receives Inaugural STOP Sports Injuries Award for Leading Research in Youth Sports Injury Prevention

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Newswise — COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – As synthetic territory systems are increasingly used during all levels, new investigate is indispensable to know how these surfaces can impact contestant safety. A investigate presented currently during a American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO, shows how a infill weight of synthetic territory surfaces can directly impact a series of injuries to high propagandize football players.

The study, that is a initial to directly review football injuries as they describe to infill weight, and led by Michael Clinton Meyers, PhD, from Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID, was awarded a AOSSM’s first-annual STOP Sports Injuries award. This endowment recognizes tip investigate in a impediment of dire and overuse injuries in girl sports.

“Our investigate showed that as a synthetic infill aspect weight decreased, a occurrence of game-related high propagandize football mishap significantly increased,” remarkable Meyers. “This trend was unchanging opposite countless changes in personification conditions as well.”

The investigate enclosed a sum of 52 high schools participating opposite 4 states, with injuries evaluated over 5 rival seasons (2010-14). Infill systems consisted of silt and/or rubber, and were divided into 4 categories formed on pounds per block foot. The damage totals were significantly reduce when infill rates were during a turn larger than 9 pounds per block foot.

“Based on a findings, we would suggest that high propagandize football fields enclose a smallest of 6.0 pounds per block feet of infill weight to optimize actor reserve on synthetic surfaces,” Meyers commented. “With a volume of athletes personification football, and a setbacks compared with injuries, we wish this investigate will assistance diminution these numbers and make football safer for immature athletes.”

Researchers remarkable these conclusions aver serve investigation, and can't be universal to other levels of foe over those enclosed in a study.

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The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a tellurian personality in orthopaedic sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes inhabitant and general sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including jaunty trainers, earthy therapists, family physicians, and others to urge a identification, prevention, treatment, and reconstruction of sports injuries. AOSSM is also a first partner of a STOP Sports Injuries debate to forestall overuse and dire injuries in kids.

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