Are Turf Fields or Grass Fields Safer for Athletes?


Michael Keegan, Staffer

Many professional athletes have been speaking on their opinions about what should happen to turf fields and they all have been negative post on twitter about these turf fields. Players explain why these turf fields need to be changed because if players get injured; then fans will be unable to watch them.

“Seeing NFL and college players go down with non-contact injuries is one of my least favorite things. I think grass fields are safer and even better to play on as a player myself,” Richjarion Hines (11) said.

According to Hines, players going down from non-contact is bad because it’s from what your playing on. This is shown by NFLPA, which states; “players have a 28% higher rate of non-contact lower extremity injuries when playing on artificial turf,” showing that turf can cause injuries.

“I’ve sprained my ankle on a turf field, during freshman year football I was playing and running and twisted my ankle and ended up spraining it on a non-contact injury,” Hines said.

NFL players such as Nick Bosa, George Kittle, Cooper Kupp, and many more have tweeted about how the league doesn’t worry about players safety. “NFL says they care about player safety yet they cant put us on a natural surface #saferfields”—Nick Bosa, Twitter.

“I believe player’s safety comes first and anything that should be changed on the field so players can play at full potential” said Biankhy Koundo (11).

According to Koundo, these big athletes should be getting their safety comes first cause fans look forward to them playing at full potential when they watch them on tv or at the stadium.

While there are pros and cons to turf and grass fields; there are some athletes who prefer grass over turf.

“As an athlete I prefer turf over grass because grass has challenges with weather and other conditions,” said Jaziah Hargrove (11).

Grass has a lot of negatives to it as well if there is such rain or snow the grass just rips out the floor and is very muddy. This mud has the possibility for giving injuries to athletes. In addition, chemicals go in the grass which can give allergies to people.

A lot of grass fields go through an aeration process as well. Aeration creates holes down into the soil to alleviate compaction so air, water and nutrients can reach grass roots.

“My opinion on turf field injuries is you are going to get some injuries in a physical sport no matter if there is turf or not,” said Hargrove.

Turf or no turf injuries may happen on any field and can depend on whether your body is built for the field or not. Injuries are a serious thing for players and happen through all sports soccer, football, rugby, lacrosse, and field hockey. We see the pros and cons of what both fields have and do.