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12-27-2011, 09:10 PM
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And the same reports show lower rates of concussions...

Currently the Titans playing surface is closer to playing on painted sand when conditions are good, and painted cement when it's bad.

Chargers second-year running back Michael Turner played on FieldTurf at Northern Illinois.

“In my opinion, FieldTurf is the best surface I’ve ever played on,” Turner said. “I like it better than grass. The cuts are sharp. You don’t have to worry about the grass coming up when you make a hard plant. You get more explosive cuts on FieldTurf.”

"We think it's important, and a really good sign that we see more and more professional soccer teams taking artificial playing surfaces seriously," stated Bob Hunter. "In selecting FieldTurf, I think it's a positive step toward player safety and consistent playability. FieldTurf's latest product features a fiber that is more durable and looks and stands up more like real grass. The players like playing on it and for good reason. Speed of play is a major component in the development of soccer players and what we are getting is a high-quality proven surface that is ideal for soccer."

and this site...

has a lot of great info, it highlights that many of the complaints are about 1st and 2nd generation fieldturf, the newest 3rd generation has improved to rival grass surfaces with no difference in injury rates.

You can find plenty of resources to support both views, but it would seem that 3rd gen fieldturf and/or future fieldturf is definitely going to be the preferred surface around the globe in the near future.

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