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November 10, 2023 35 mins

A topic that has been discussed for a long time, but now seems to be at the forefront more than ever, Dr. Grant Garcia and William Sanchez discuss what seems to be this season’s hot topic in the NFL…Turf vs grass. In the perennial debate between turf and grass playing surfaces, each presents unique advantages and drawbacks. Turf fields offer durability, low maintenance, and a consistent playing surface year-round; however, studies suggest they may contribute to an increased risk of certain injuries, such as non-contact, and the lower extremities. On the flip side, natural grass provides a traditional feel and better shock absorption, yet maintenance challenges and the potential for uneven surfaces pose their risks. Striking a balance between the two, hybrid surfaces combining natural grass with synthetic elements, are emerging as a potential solution to optimize player safety and performance. Will the NFL eventually want specific fields mandatory in every stadium?


We also discuss AT&T's groundbreaking 5G helmet and how it impacted the Gallaudet football team. A university for the deaf and hard of hearing utilized this technology this season and the results were successful in many areas. This innovative headgear integrates 5G connectivity to provide athletes with real-time data and analytics, enhancing their performance and safety on the field. The helmet's advanced sensors and communication capabilities enable instantaneous transfer of information, facilitating quicker decision-making for both players and coaches.


AT&T's 5G helmet not only signifies a major stride in sports tech but also hints at the broader impact 5G technology is poised to have across various industries. We discuss some of those impacts that have already infiltrated the orthopedic world.


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