Injury rates similar on artificial, grass surfaces

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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:21 am

There is no greater risk of injury playing sports on an artificial surface compared to a grass surface, according to an Italian study.

Researchers examined a total of 2,580 hours of soccer played in the top Italian soccer division during the 2011-2012 season, which was divided between 1,270 hours played on artificial turf and 1,310 hours played on grass. They found for every 1000 hours played, 23 injuries were recorded on artificial surfaces, compared to 20 on grass surfaces. Researchers determined this difference was not statistically significant.

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