http://www.newser.com/story/192764/wome ... atory.htmlWomen Soccer Players Call Fake Turf Discriminatory
They threaten legal action demanding grass for next year's tournament
With the Women's World Cup in Canada less than 10 months away, some of the world's top women soccer players are threatening a lawsuit against FIFA over a literal turf war. The women want the tournament played on real grass instead of artificial turf, and they call the decision to use the "inferior" turf for the first time in the tournament "discriminatory" to women. They liken the turf to concrete and say it not only restricts play but can result in more injuries.
Working backward, does it result in more injury?
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/spor ... 724cXaG.99Increased 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. In 2012, another study looking at NCAA football injuries showed an increased risk of ACL injuries on artificial turf. Lastly, a 2013 study looking at amateur soccer players in Portugal showed a greater rate of lower extremity injuries on turf during matches vs. training.
No difference in injury rates: A 2010 study looking at collegiate football injuries showed that FieldTurf may actually be safer than natural grass for injuries in general. This study also found no significant difference in knee injuries between surfaces. Another study in 2013 looked at injury rates between grass and artificial turf in female collegiate soccer players. This study actually showed a significantly lower total injury incidence rate and a lower rate of substantial injuries on FieldTurf. This study also showed no significant difference in knee injury rates between the two surfaces.
So maybe, maybe not. According to the article, the difference seems to be related wholly to traction; turf has a different friction coefficient than grass so they 'play' differently. Seems to me that the underlayment would be a critical factor also, however. I do not know if the studies accounted for that, and perhaps that is why they got conflicting results.
But what about restricting play? The answer is: Probably.
Because traction changes, so must too the cleats you wear. You need cleats designed for turf.Wearing cleats made specifically for artificial turf, or better yet turf shoes, may help to decrease traction and therefore reduce lower extremity injuries.... Unfortunately, there may be a decrease in performance as shoes with less traction may cause players to slip.
A cleat's design is coded by color. Maybe that's what they're bitching about.So don’t just choose your cleats for the color, but instead pick the ones that are appropriate for the playing surface.