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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.

June 13, 2019

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

June 13, 2019

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

February 22, 2017

Traction research benefits athletes at all levels.

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.

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.

January 20, 2012

In addition to the monofilament synthetic turf wear testing program currently underway, Penn State’s Center for Sports Surface Research is now offering a few lucky facilities the opportunity to have a sample of their new slit-film fiber fields tested for upright fiber wear resistance.

September 7, 2011

In the past, synthetic turf was blamed for contributing to athlete injuries. But, as synthetic turf has evolved into a surface that more closely resembles grass, has injury risk changed? In this edition of the Sportsturf Scoop, we look at the latest research comparing injury rates on infilled synthetic turf and natural grass.

June 30, 2011

Gmax is one of the most commonly tested characteristics of athletic fields. But, what does a Gmax test tell us? What is the science behind the testing? In this edition of the Sportsturf Scoop, we address those questions and more as we breakdown the process of this important test.

June 7, 2011

The next video in our Sportsturf Scoop series examines one of the biggest issues with synthetic turf – high surface temperature. In this video, we look at reasons why these surfaces get hot and under what weather conditions peak temperatures are reached. We also focus on the effectiveness of attempts to reduce surface temperature along with current research we are conducting here at Penn State.

May 27, 2011

Penn State’s Center for Sports Surface Research is offering a few lucky facilities the opportunity to have a sample of their new field tested for upright fiber wear resistance. The data will be compiled in an online database and be available to the public. If you are installing a new field at your facility and would like to be considered for our testing, all you have to do is fill out this form. You will also be required to collect a sample at your facility and mail it to us. Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to test all fields being installed but plan to test several of each and every monofilament product being installed in today’s market place. We plan to test several samples from each available product each year. Currently, we will only be accepting monofilament products. Email us at for more details.

January 24, 2011

This year's national Sports Turf Manager's Association annual conference was recently held in Austin, TX. Besides professors, Turfgrass staff, and Beaver Stadium grounds personnel, Penn State sent 19 students including 12 undergraduates from the 4-year turf program, 4 two-year turf students, and 3 turf science graduate students. These students traveled to the event to either compete in the SAFE Foundation's Student Challenge or receive a SAFE Scholarship or both. We took a couple graduate students to help manage/coach the undergraduate students.

January 20, 2011

This past spring, Tom Serensits, Manager of our Center for Sports Surface Research, gave two presentations at the SportSURF conference at the University of Loughborough, UK. This unique international conference brought together researchers from around the world to discuss safety and performance of playing surfaces. Tom's presentations focused on surface stability of natural turf and human health issues associated with synthetic turf.

January 3, 2011

Injuries are a part of sports. From a little leaguer taking a bad hop off the shin to an NFL player suffering a devastating hit, it is impossible to prevent all injuries during competition – some are just inherent to the game. However, equipment innovations, enhanced strength and conditioning training, and improved playing surfaces each have the potential to reduce the risk of injury. As turfgrass scientists, our primary focus is on the playing field and its influence on injury risk.

December 1, 2010

Over the past several years, skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria have received considerable attention due to potentially life-threatening health complications.

November 30, 2010

Penn State Turfgrass Science graduate and Director of Grounds for the Philadelphia Eagles Tony Leonard and his crew recently completed a field re-sodding at Lincoln Financial Field. Tony’s assistants, Chad Cochenour and Nick Gialloreto, are also graduates of the PSU’s turfgrass program.