New study: Playing football on artificial turf has lower risk of injury


Football is one of the most popular sports in the world and the national sport of many countries. Since the first generation of artificial turf was launched in the 1960s, it has been greatly welcomed. At the same time, the safety of artificial turf has been attracting attention, that is, whether artificial turf is related to increasing the incidence of players' injuries.

Recently, the Ilari Kuitunen team at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Eastern Finland systematically analyzed research on football fields and sports injuries and found that players who play on artificial turf have a lower risk of injury.

A total of 1447 studies and 67 reports were initially screened, and only 22 studies were finally included in the analysis of Ilari Kuitunen's team, of which 11 men's football studies and 5 women's football studies all concluded that artificial turf is more suitable for football. The results of the study showed that the injury rate of football played on artificial turf was 14% lower than that on natural turf.

Across subgroup and injury category analyses, no evidence was found of an increased incidence of injury from playing on artificial turf. But in amateur games, this risk does not differ between artificial turf, ordinary turf and other surfaces. From the perspective of injury types, artificial turf can reduce the risk of injuries to the pelvis, thighs, and knees.

The study suggests that when playing football, choosing artificial turf can better avoid injuries.

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