What is turf burn?
Turf burn, or turf rash, is part abrasion and part burn:
"A related injury, "turf burn" . . . develops when an athlete, most commonly a football player, slides an exposed area of skin across artificial turf. Because artificial turf has a lower coefficient of friction than natural grass, especially when wet, the athlete slides a greater distance, thus generating heat and producing an injury that is part abrasion and part burn."
Athletic skin injuries
Rodney S. W. Basler, et al
The Physician and Sports Medicine - Vol 32 - No. 5 - May 2004
High school girls reacting to a friend's turf burn
2 to 3 turf burns per week
"On an average week, Rams players reported two to three “turf burns,” severe abrasions where the skin is rubbed raw by high-velocity contact with artificial turf."
Field of Nightmares
by Patricia Hart