Good look at U of Tennessee surface and injuries research

When it comes to research, the University of Tennessee is in a unique position. It’s located right in the “transition zone,” so it can grow both warm- and cool-season grasses. For the past five years, it has also been home to one of the largest sports turf research programs in the country — the only study currently looking at the connection between athlete injuries and turf.

“Our research is focused on the athlete and the surface — not only how to make that surface perform better but also how to make it safer, particularly for children,” says plant sciences professor John Sorochan, Ph.D. “We’ve been fortunate to be able to fund projects to look at areas like K-12 and city park fields. These areas have limited budgets, but children are using them all the time and they can get hurt because of overuse.”

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