Natural Vs. Artificial Turf

Natural Vs. Artificial Turf Old school football players didn't have many kind words for artificial turf. But the plastic grass has come a long way since being installed at the Houston Astrodome in 1966. A study published in the journal Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology suggests that artificial turf may be safer than natural surfaces.

Researchers analyzed the injury rates of 252 male soccer players aged 18 to 43 from 14 teams participating in a local championship series played on both types of surfaces. Incidence of injuries on dirt was 36.9 for every 1000 player hours. On artificial fields there were only 19.5 injuries for the same 1000 hours of play. The most common natural turf injury was ankle (26.7%) while knees (24.3%) suffered more on artificial fields.

True Strength Moment: If you thought soccer was a non-contact sport, consider the fact that 59% of the injuries on artificial turf resulted from player to player contact. The figure was 51% on dirt. Fortunately, most injuries were minor. But, true to its history, those slight injuries were a little more severe on artificial turf.
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