Research Article| Volume 62, ISSUE 1, P115-119, January 2023

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Outcome of Turf Toe Injuries in NFL Players


      The increase in artificial turf in the 1970s was thought to have contributed to increased incidence of turf toe injury in National Football League (NFL) players. To our knowledge, there are no publications that have analyzed the impact of this injury on performance. This is a retrospective case series. Online resources were used to identify NFL players who sustained a turf toe injury between the 2011 and 2014 seasons. The performance of each offensive skill player was analyzed separately by calculating their power rating (PR) over 6 seasons. Injured offensive skill players were then compared to a control group consisting of all RBs and WRs without a turf toe injury who competed in the 2012 season. Seventy-one turf toe injuries were identified. Twenty-nine occurred on grass, 29 on turf and the playing surface of 13 injuries could not be identified. The average PR prior to injury was 105.7/season (7.3/game), 87.3 (6.9/game) for the season of injury and 115.5 (8.1/ game) for postinjury seasons. The PR was not significantly different after a turf toe injury compared to before injury or to uninjured control player. There was no significant difference in NFL players’ performances after turf toe injury based on power ratings.

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