Breaking it down, injuries in upper and lower extremities and torso occurred more frequently on artificial turf than on natural grass. When analyzing by sport, researchers found that football, men's lacrosse, rugby, and girls and boys soccer had higher rates of injury than other sports.
Although there is some debate around the differences in turf and grass safety, the general consensus is that turf increases players’ injury risk. One study found that the rate of ACL injuries increased by 45% on turf , largely due to cleats failing to grip to the artificial grass as they do on natural grass.
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STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES ALIKE prefer grass and believe that playing on synthetic turf increases injury. FIFA STUDY: Professional athletes have consistently shown a preference for playing on real grass.
By and large, they found no difference between injury rates on turf and grass. For due diligence though, I should mention that three of the ten studies found a detectable pattern of potentially more ankle injuries on turf, but none of the recent studies have seen it. The SPRINZ study concluded the same thing as I did when looking at mostly the same publications.
Not only in soccer, but in american football, players were also 67% more likely to suffer from ACL injuries on turf fields. Injuries are more likely to happen on turf because cleats aren’t able to penetrate the ground as they would on grass. So, when making quick cuts and turns the foot can get stuck in the surface. The risk of suffering an injury on turf can be reduced if you choose the correct pair of shoes for each one.
Grass vs. Turf – The Great Debate. A few weeks ago, I shared an article on our Facebook and Twitter pages that suggests that turf fields, like the ones we help build though our Safe Places to Play program, are vital to the future of soccer in North America. My intent in sharing the article was not to sing our own praises, but to present an ...
The common thought is that turf has more traction than grass and therefore we will see more injuries on turf. Increased injury rate on artificial turf: A study published in 2011 looking at football, rugby, and soccer injuries showed that there was a higher incidence of ankle injuries on artificial turf.
Studies have provided evidence supporting and opposing the idea that turf fields are more dangerous than grass fields. According to Justin Shaginaw, an athletic trainer for the US soccer federation, a 2011 study found a higher frequency of ankle injuries on turf for football, soccer, and rugby players. Also, a 2012 study showed that more college football players suffered ACL injuries on turf than on grass.