The NFL Musculoskeletal Committee has coordinated extensive research on athletic shoe safety and performance. The committee has developed laboratory tests that evaluate which cleats best permit release from synthetic turf during potentially injurious loading.
The results of those tests are set forth on the poster below, and shared with NFL players, club equipment managers, club medical, training and coaching staffs to help inform equipment choices. Other factors, in addition to the ranking, should be considered by players when choosing cleats, including fit, shoe structure, comfort, durability, player position and the player’s medical history.
The laboratory test conditions were intended to represent potentially injurious lower extremity loading in the NFL. The results of this study should not be extrapolated to collegiate, high school, or youth football.