American Football players need to be able to perform a range of actions. They have to be able to start, stop and change direction abruptly, sprint, jog and walk forwards, backwards and sideways, jump and fall over.

A Safe Surface to Play

An artificial turf pitch for football needs to ensure a top quality playing surface that minimizes the risk of injury while providing the performance of a natural grass pitch. Safety continues to be the major concern amongst football players when it comes to artificial turf, which has been wrongly accused of causing more injuries than natural grass.

According to a number of studies on athletic injuries, there is no significant difference in the number of major injuries reported while playing on natural grass or artificial turf fields. A study by the National Football League (NFL) concluded there were slightly fewer serious injuries on artificial turf compared to natural grass, even though artificial turf fields reported more minor injuries. Serious injury was defined as one causing a player to miss one or two games. (1)

In recent survey of synthetic turf pitch users, third generation (3G) pitches were  regarded by a number of facility managers to be particularly suitable for soccer, rugby and American Football. A perceived advantage of this type of surface was that it is a ‘safer environment to play on’ that is ‘not slippy’ and ‘good for children’. Other advantages included its suitability in all weathers, its similarity to grass, that it wears well and that there is less risk of injury. (2)

(1) Tests conducted by NAIRS (National Athletic Injury/Illness Reporting System), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Football League (NFL)

(2) TNS, Synthetic Turf Pitch Study, Final Report, July 2006