NFL Players' Association President JC Tretter has issued a heartfelt cry for all teams on the Goodell Circuit to play on natural turf pitches.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Cleveland Browns center said there is a 28% greater chance that an athlete will sustain a lower limb injury without sustaining contact than if playing on artificial turf. Based on injury data recorded by the NFL between 2012 and 2016, the union representative also said the rates were also much higher for knee (32%) and foot / ankle (69%) injuries.
“The data speaks for itself,” Tretter said in a press video conference attended by ESPN. These numbers are staggering when it comes to the difference between the injury rate on synthetic surfaces and natural grass. It is possible to have natural grass in all stages and you just have to grow for that. “
“We should all be working to make the game safer,” he continued. We know the dangers of playing on synthetic. It's not good for anyone: not for the players, GMs, coaches, owners and fans. The increase in injuries is not good for anyone. ”
This season, players and coaches of the San Francisco 49ers have complained about synthetic turf at MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and Jets. During their clash against the Jets, in the second week of activity, several important Niners players fell in action, including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and defensive lineman Nick Bosa. There are currently 13 stadiums where NFL clubs play that have synthetic turf.