Faculty Advisor

Gibson, Daniel Gilbert


This report addresses the question, "Is artificial turf injuring athletes?" The perception that artificial turf causes more injuries than natural grass is explored in depth through examining current articles and studies on the topic, coupled with interviews, inquiries, questionnaires, and site visits. We concentrated on football because that sport provided the most data and the highest injury rate in collegiate sports. We conclude that WPI's new AstroTurf playing field is safer than the previous artificial turf surface, and that grass is possibly marginally safer, but with higher maintenance costs and with limited year-round usage.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology