On Monday, The New York Times reported that artificial turf toe injury cases have increased nearly 20 percent in 2017.
The newspaper cited an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found the number of reported cases rose from 1,800 in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 2,600 in the first quarter of 2018.
In its report, the Times also said that “the spike is likely to reflect the growing popularity of artificial turf for playing sports like soccer and basketball, as well as the widespread use of artificial surfaces in homes, where turf is not only used to keep turf grass healthy but also to improve durability of outdoor surfaces.”
According to the Times, the new turf toe problem could be exacerbated by a variety of factors, including the use of synthetic turf, which can make turf softer than grass and can be used with a lot of water, the lack of sunlight and other factors.
In 2018, the U.S. Soccer Federation adopted a policy banning the use and sale of synthetic synthetic turf.
The federation is expected to finalize the policy in 2019.
The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons have both endorsed a ban on synthetic turf use.
In 2018, AMA President Thomas R. Arnold said that artificial-turf injuries are “an extremely serious problem,” and said that if the practice is not stopped “we will see the worst effects of climate change.”
Last month, the National Hockey League announced that it would ban synthetic turf in its games beginning in 2020.