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Author(s):Walker, Kristina S.; Walker, Eddie G. II
Author Affiliation:Kristina S Walker: Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Minnesota, Crookston, MN; Eddie G. Walker II: Business, University of Minnesota, Crookston, 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.:San Antonio, Texas: November 10-13, 2019
Source:ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meetings. 2019, p. 120447.
Publishing Information:[Madison, Wisconsin]: [American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America]
# of Pages:1
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Athletic injuries; Compaction; Football fields; Soccer fields; Soil moisture; Sports turf safety; Surface hardness
Abstract/Contents:"One of the most difficult turfgrass areas to manage is sports fields due to the intense traffic they receive by players. Due to high expectations regarding player safety, 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 two-year field study was conducted on the University of Minnesota Crookston football and soccer fields assessing soil compaction, surface hardness, soil moisture, turfgrass quality and color prior to each home game. In 2017, the football field was severely compacted before game one and game four, 77% and 90% respectively (>300 psi). Surface hardness was 100% firm prior to game four (<1.1 cm). There were 2 injuries reported after game one (lateral ankle sprains). Four injuries were reported by trainers following game four (2 muscle strains, 1 shoulder injury, and 1 broken wrist). For the renovated soccer field, there was little to no soil compaction measured on the field. Surface firmness (<1.2 cm) reached 75% firm on the field prior to game five where 2 player injuries were reported (shin splints). Based on initial data, it was recommended that grounds aerate every two weeks. For both the football and soccer fields in 2018, there was little to no soil compaction and surface hardness was never greater than 40% (1.3 cm). There were however, many instances where injuries occurred on both fields due to saturated soil moisture conditions (>40% VWC for SICL) that resulted in poor traction causing injury to athletes. Sports field safety checklists should include agronomic assessments with emphasis on soil moisture to improve overall player safety."
See Also: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, 2018, p. 112475, R=302133. R=302133
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Walker, K. S., and E. G. II Walker. 2019. Pre-game agronomic field safety assessment for sports fields: Future implications for risk assessment. Agron. Abr. p. 120447.
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