NFL data reveals the correlation between grass and turf injuries

 | November 9, 2022

Reports revealed non-contact injuries to the knee, ankle and foot are roughly the same on both surfaces.

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NFL data has revealed a report that details non-contact injuries to the knee, ankle and foot are roughly the same on both grass and artificial turf surfaces.

The internal data provided by the NFL was reviewed by ESPN, who then revealed the correlation between the two surfaces.

Players, agents and coaches have all revealed concerns with the surfaces, asking for the NFL to consider switching over completely to all-grass fields.

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, has no plans to do so, stating: “Not at all and it's not because we have the surface that we have. Our league stats don't see issues with the type of surface that we have as opposed to natural grass. We don't see issues. No facts bear that out.”

The NFL and NFLPA use a third-party company, IQVIA, to put together all the data on every injury suffered during each season.

NFL's Executive VP of Communications, Public Affairs and Policy Jeff Miller said: “The takeaway from all of this data is that the discussion between synthetic surfaces and natural grass surfaces isn't really the argument.

“What we're trying to do is decrease injuries on both. As a general matter, looking at synthetic versus natural doesn't really provide us the information we need to try to drive those injury rates down.”

One of the most recent non-contact injuries was to Raashan Gary of the Green Bay Packers.

After the game, Packers De’Vondre Campbell tweeted: “I think it's time y'all take some of the money y'all make off us and invest in grass fields for every team around the league. The turf is literally like concrete it has no give when you plant.”

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