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Vikings Put Money Where Their Mouth Is When It Comes To Player Safety

Many companies preach safety in the work place but choose to only preach about it instead of taking proactive action (hi, BP, my name is Adam).

The Vikings do not appear to be one of those companies.

The club is creating a stir today when it was learned that the company named FieldTurf has filed suit against the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.  The Commission recently decided not to contract FieldTurf to replace the playing surface at the Metrodome despite the fact that they presented the lowest bid.

The Commission chose to instead accept the second lowest bid from a company named Sportexe to do the job.  The reason for this is reportedly that the Vikings had major concerns about FieldTurf relating to the safety of its players.

According to Kevin Seifert, a recent study concluded that knee injuries were 88% more likely to occur on FieldTurf.  Such knee injuries are pretty frequent, and Domenik Hixon of the Giants is the most recent victim of a knee injury while practicing on FieldTurf.

That is about as far into this yawn-inspiring story as I am really going to go, simply because its importance does not overshadow its dullness. 

However, when combined with the fact that the Vikings were recently accused of being the most cutting edge team in preventing concussions via religiously exercising the neck, these two events tell you a thing or two about this team’s commitment to keeping its players healthy.

Not only do stories like these have to give the Vikings an advantage when it comes to recruiting talented veterans in free agency, but it also should give current players a reason to want to stay.

Also, the Vikings are probably making a wise business decision here.  An extra $37,000 spent on turf now may save them millions in injury settlements and wasted guaranteed contracts if it really does help prevent knee injuries.

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One Response to “Vikings Put Money Where Their Mouth Is When It Comes To Player Safety”

  1. […] Vikings have been in the cutting edge when it comes to injury prevention.  They recently elected to not accept the lowest bid for turf […]

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