We're not talking WWII detroyer battles here. It's the debate on playing surfaces that has rages since the inception of astroturf way back when.
The newest target is FieldTurf, and the newest argument has a recent study indicating that the incidence of ACL injuries and ankle sprains rise significantly when teams use FieldTurf, which was supposedly more player-friendly. Here's the Associated Press article on the study and opposing viewpoints.
It's a legitimate concern here because the Giants use FieldTurf. It's in the TPC fieldhouse. It was in the old Giants Stadium. It'll be used in the new Meadowlands Stadium. The issue kind of makes one think about the injuries the Giants had this year -- about Ahmad Bradshaw's twin ankle sprains and Brandon Jacobs' knee problems, and Kenny Phillips' arthritic knee. Though neither Jacobs' nor Phillips' probblems involved the ACL.
It should be noted that both sides agree that more study is needed before a concrete conclusion is reached about FieldTurf's safety. But one thing is a certainty among players. They'd much prefer good old grass to any of the artificial stuff. Their top four fields in this year's NFLPA survey of best fields? Arizona, San Diego, Tampa, and Carolina -- all grass. Four of the next six, however, were FieldTurf surfaces.
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