Does the soil on a baseball field influence the players?

April 5, 2023

In a word, yes, the type of soil on the baseball field greatly affects how players perform!

New Research Paper

July 12, 2022

New research paper "Survival of Staphylococcus aureus applied to Poa pratensis L. and synthetic turf" recently published in June 2022 International Turfgrass Society Research Journal.

What is Clay?

October 13, 2021

Graduate student Evan Mascitti takes a close look at what makes clay so unique

NEW PA Turfgrass Magazine Article

October 6, 2021

Mid-Season Field Checkup article details techniques to get the most out of your field

New Research

October 4, 2021

New research journal article outlines the develop of the test methods and inspection items used on synthetic turf NFL game fields prior to all NFL games.

New Research

August 11, 2021

Members of Penn State's Center for Sports Surface Research co-authors of new research paper examining NFL lower extremity injury risk

Penn State's Fresh Cut Grass Podcast: Turf Management at Beaver Stadium and Penn State with George Peters

July 15, 2021

George Peters, Supervisor of Grounds at Penn State University joins Jeff and Tanner on the podcast. George supervises all sports venues at Penn State except for baseball. During this episode, turf management of different fields is discussed, including changes made during the COVID pandemic. Beaver Stadium turf management is also discussed

Dissecting Infield Playability

May 21, 2021

A baseball often touches two different surfaces during the same play. This sets baseball apart from other ball sports. Learn about the importance of baseball infield mixes in this article.

Penn State's Fresh Cut Grass Podcast features graduate student Evan Mascitti discussing his research on baseball infield mixes

May 18, 2021

See Episode 9 for insight into Evan's baseball infield mix research

Staph infection turf study yields insight in coronavirus survivability on fields

May 12, 2021

EPA - Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19

May 1, 2020

2019 Football Cleat Models Traction Report

August 12, 2019

The 2019 Football Cleat Models Traction Report includes traction data from twelve 2019 football cleat models measured on Kentucky bluegrass, bermudagrass, and FieldTurf Revolution.

NFL - NFLPA Release 2019 Helmet Poster

June 13, 2019

The NFL and NFLPA recently released their helmet safety research findings for the 2019 season.

NFL - NFLPA Release 2019 Cleat Poster

June 13, 2019

The NFL and NFLPA recently released their cleat safety research findings for the 2019 season.

New Research Paper - Higher Rates of Lower Extremity Injury on Synthetic Turf Compared With Natural Turf Among National Football League Athletes: Epidemiologic Confirmation of a Biomechanical Hypothesis

November 26, 2018

New Research Paper - Synthetic Turf: History, Design, Maintenance, and Athlete Safety

September 26, 2018

2017 Football Cleat Traction Report

September 19, 2017

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

February 22, 2017

Traction research benefits athletes at all levels.

Penn State turf paved graduate's path to Super Bowl

February 2, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Collin Meyers, a 2010 graduate of the turfgrass science program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will accompany the Atlanta Falcons as they take the field at the Super Bowl in Houston on Sunday.

Protecting Feet, Ankles, and Knees with Appropriate Shoes

February 1, 2017

The NFL, in partnership with the NFL Players Association, has developed this video that summarizes important information for football players as they choose their on-field shoes. For the last eight years, bioengineering experts advising the NFL’s Musculoskeletal Committee have been collecting and analyzing scientific and medical data to provide information to clubs’ medical and equipment staffs so they can help players make informed choices about the shoes they wear.