As concussions related to head injuries suffered on football fields continue to dominate the national spotlight, the New York Times recently published an article highlighting a new report, compiled by the Concussion Legacy Foundation, that called attention to the link between head injuries and poorly maintained fields, especially the growing number of those made of synthetic turf. The foundation urged groundskeepers, athletic directors and sports associations to treat their fields as seriously as other protective sports equipment.

“We have no national conversation on the technology underneath an athlete’s feet,” the authors wrote in their report, the Role of Synthetic Turf in Concussion. “Helmet technology is an area of great attention and investment, and surfaces deserve the same attention.”

The report, which is based on more than a dozen academic studies, cites research that shows that 15.5 percent of concussions in high school sports occur when players hit their head on a playing surface. Another study found that 10 percent of concussions sustained by high school and college football players came after players hit their head on a field.

In the NFL, about one in seven concussions occurs when a player’s head strikes a synthetic or grass field.

As field managers, it goes without saying that safety is always your concern. Read the article, and let us know: What do you think about this new report?