The goal of this investigation was to determine if playing or training on third-generation artificial turf (AT) surfaces increases the incidence rate of injuries compared to natural grass (NG) surfaces. This was accomplished by a meta-analysis performed on previously published research. Eight studies met the criteria of competitive soccer players, participation on both surfaces, and presentation of both exposure time and injury occurrence.
This, in turn, raises the risk of a ligament injury. In fact, early studies on the ...
A total of 668 match injuries, 526 on grass and 142 on artificial turf, were recorded. The overall acute match injury incidence was 17.1 (95% CI 15.8 to 18.4) per 1000 match hours; 17.0 (95% CI 15...
Another common injury that occurs on artificial turf is commonly known as “turf burn.” It is an abrasion injury that occurs from sliding contact with the turf. While turf burns are considered minor injuries and rarely result in lost playing time, there is a risk for infections, such as Staph or MRSA, as well as the risk of debris from the field getting stuck in the wound.
Two found that there are significantly more knee and ankle injuries on turf (one was from 1992 though, when artificial turf was still in its “second generation” before today’s FieldTurf), two found significantly fewer, and one found no difference.
Physicians and trainers began to notice that players were injured with a greater frequency on the artificial turf. These injuries included anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, concussions, and ankle sprains. John Powell from the University of Iowa was among the first to quantify the higher incidence of these injuries.
Its officials insist the risk of injuries is no greater on the latest generations of artificial turf it certifies than on grass. The research on artificial turf injuries in soccer seems to favor the FIFA position. But it suggests a bigger problem for rugby, American football and similar contact sports. Concern about artificial turf injuries date back to 1966, when a Major League Baseball tournament took place in the Houston Astrodome.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Female soccer players suffered fewer severe injuries while competing on an artificial surface called FieldTurf than when playing on natural grass fields, in a new study.