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The same old problem

Paul KasprzakContributor IJune 17, 2010

Many National Football League Teams have installed the new field turf into their stadiums as it looks and feels like natural grass compared to the old astro turf.

However, just cause it looks like grass doesn’t mean it decreases the rate of anterior cruciate ligament and muscle injuries.

The new field turf at the new home of the New York Jets and Giants have already claimed its first victim in Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon.

According to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com, Giants wide receiver Steve Smith and Giants Safety Antrel Role Hixon was just running and never even made a cut.

What people forget is that it is still a carpet as instead of tightly woven plastic like carpet field turf is blades of plastic woven into carpet with compact rubber pellets providing some cushion.

If anything field turf is worst as on astro turf all you had to wear was a decent set of cross trainers to get a grip, but with field turf you have to wear spikes and due to this the rate of injury in regards to ACL and muscle injuries have most likely increased.

In the end, football was meant to be played on natural grass and until the National Football League Players Association realizes this that rate of injuries in the NFL will remain high.

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