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Is it safer to play sports on grass or artificial turf?

A study of injuries sustained by California high school football players found higher rates of injury on turf. There were 13.8 injuries per 100 session hours on turf and only 8.4 per 100 on natural grass. Players on synthetic turf fields were more prone to injuries such as turf toe, muscle bruises and turf burn (abrasions). Players on natural grass were more likely to suffer ligament injuries.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Marist College Athletic Training Education Program.)

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