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Author(s):Walker, Kristina S.; Walker, Eddie G. II
Author Affiliation:Kristina S. Walker: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Crookston, MN; Eddie G. Walker II: Business, University of Minnesota, Crookstown, MN
Title:Pre-game agronomic field safety assessment for sports fields: Future implications for risk assessment
Section:C05 turfgrass science
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Meeting Info.:Baltimore, Maryland: November 4-7, 2018
Source:ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meetings. 2018, p. 112475.
Publishing Information:[Madison, Wisconsin]: [American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Canadian Society of Agronomy]
# of Pages:1
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Athletic injuries; Compaction; Recommendations; Risk assessment; Sports turf management; Sports turf safety
Abstract/Contents:"One of the most difficult turfgrass areas to manage is sports fields due to the intense traffic they receive regularly by players. Due to high expectations regarding player safety by players and coaches, field safety and maintenance checklists need to be developed specifically for field conditions. Therefore, the purpose of this study is two-fold: (1) develop a pre-game sports field assessment that measures agronomic fundamentals related to soil and plant health and (2) determine the impact field improvements identified by the pre-game assessment have on player injury. A pilot study (2016) was conducted on the University of Minnesota Crookston football field where soil compaction was taken prior to each home game. By the second game, the field was severely compacted (87%). The field was aerated and prior to the fifth game soil compaction readings indicated the field had little to no compaction (10%). By the sixth game however, the field was moderately compacted (53%). Based on this data, it was recommended that grounds aerate every two weeks during the 2017 season. Prior to the first home game in 2017, the field was severely compacted (77%). Grounds aerated the field resulting in little to no soil compaction on the field for games two and three however, field hardness readings were somewhat firm (1.27-1.78 cm). By game four, the field was severely compacted (90%) and field hardness readings were 100% firm (0.76-1.02 cm). Turfgrass quality and canopy greenness decreased as soil compaction and surface hardness increased. Player injury data indicated that 60% of the injuries reported occurred during game one and four when the field was severely compacted. To prevent future player injuries, sports field safety checklists should include agronomic assessments such as soil compaction, field hardness, canopy greenness, and turfgrass quality to determine the appropriate management strategies necessary to improve player safety."
See Also:See also related article "Pre-game field safety assessment: Future implications of risk assessment" SportsTurf, 35(5) May 2019, p. 14, 16, 18, R=305173. R=305173

See also related abstract "Pre-game agronomic field safety assessment for sports fields: Future implications for risk assessment" ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meetings, 2019, p. 120447, R=310347. R=310347
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Walker, K. S., and E. G. II Walker. 2018. Pre-game agronomic field safety assessment for sports fields: Future implications for risk assessment. Agron. Abr. p. 112475.
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