According to an article by Caitlynn Peetz in Bethesda Magazine, a synthetic surface at Richard Montgomery (MD) High School underwent maintenance in the fall following complaints that athletes received deep, recurring lacerations during practices and games.
After the installation contractor made an inspection of the Rockville school’s field, crews reduced the level of infill and base mixture to allow greater movement of the turf’s fibers, according to a memo sent by Superintendent Jack Smith to the school board. The date of maintenance was not disclosed.
No other similar injuries have been reported at eight other schools with artificial turf fields and it is unclear how many injuries were reported at Richard Montgomery.
A youth flag football tournament scheduled during the maintenance work was moved to Gaithersburg High School, according to a Nov. 27 post on the organization’s website, which has since been removed.