January 19, 2017
To All ASBA Members,
We have just learned from the Synthetic Turf Council that yesterday the Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH) published a report concluding that there is no elevated risk of cancer among soccer players who play on artificial turf fields. As many of you know, the WA DOH two-year study was prompted by University of Washington Coach Amy Griffin's list of soccer players in the state with cancer.
The report found: "We did not find the number of cancers among soccer players, select and premier players, or goalkeepers reported to the project team to be higher than expected based on Washington cancer rates for people of the same ages. Based on what we know today, the Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who enjoy soccer continue to play regardless of the type of field surface."
Link to report:
Fred Stringfellow, CAE