Thursday, August 18, 2016

WJHS story picked up by USA Today: Are the lack of standardized shock absorption rates in artificial turf leaving teens at risk of head trauma? #artificialturf

For years, the assumption was that artificial turf surfaces were better in every way for athletes. They allowed for better footing in adverse weather like extreme rain or wintry mix. They provided more cushioning in a drought than hard pack natural surfaces. What wasn’t to love?
Now there may be an answer to that question: The lack of standardized shock absorption rates may in fact leave a number of artificial turf surfaces at high schools far more dangerous than their counterparts in professional and collegiate settings.
This excellent investigative piece from Forbes‘ Mike Ozanian found that the G-MAX testing numbers — the standardized measure to test shock attenuation performance of both natural and artificial surfaces, as Forbes puts it...

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