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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.

March 2, 2016

Penn State helps keep NFL fields safe for professional athletes

February 25, 2016

Penn State's Center for Sports Surface Research has published two new guides addressing measurement and management of surface hardness on athletic fields. These guides - one for natural grass and one for synthetic turf - explain techniques to measure surface hardness as well as maintenance practices to reduce surface hardness. These guides are available under the 'Resources' section our website.

July 22, 2015

Synthetic turf fields are occasionally irrigated for temperature and playability reasons. This report includes research results on the effect of irrigation on surface temperature, traction, and soccer ball roll.

July 14, 2014

A recent study by Penn State University’s Center for Sports Surface Research, entitled ‘2014 World Cup Shoes – Traction Comparison’, has provided valuable information regarding the traction levels of commonly worn soccer cleats on both natural and synthetic turf.

October 8, 2013

Tom Avril, writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, recently traveled to Penn State to learn about the research at the Center for Sports Surface Research. His article describes traction testing at Penn State including the newly released traction database.

September 19, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Athletes looking to maximize performance on the playing field sometimes seek footwear that provides the best traction. But it's important to balance the need for good traction with the risk of injury, according to turfgrass researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

June 4, 2013

Throughout this series, we will focus on a sometimes overlooked but critical component affecting the safety and performance for athletes of all ages – the playing surface.

March 14, 2013

Can turf-type tall fescue be established on an athletic field during the summer and be ready for fall play? Is perennial ryegrass a better choice for summer establishment? Find out the details of our study that focused on turf-type tall fescue use on athletic fields.

February 21, 2013

The Big Ten Network show BTN LiveB1G recently featured Penn State's Center for Sports Surface Research.

February 21, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Three teams of Penn State students recently competed in the Sports Turf Managers Student Challenge, and two earned Top-3 finishes in their divisions.

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.