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.
The goal of this investigation was to determine if playing or training on third-generation ...
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...
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.
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.
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.
Normal studs (bigger ones) have been suggested to put significantly more pressure on the ACL when played on artificial turf. Artificial turf puts more general load through the knees, making the knee bend in more (valgus load and internal rotation). These are risk factors associated with knee injuries.
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.