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Abrasion injuries on artificial turf – a real risk or not?

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posted on 14.04.2015, 15:13 authored by Dara M. Twomey, Lauren A. Petrass, Paul FlemingPaul Fleming
Abrasion injuries result in damage only to the surface layer of skin and can result in player discomfort and changes in performance. The perceived fear of abrasion injuries on artificial turf playing surfaces has significantly affected the adoption of these surfaces, particularly in sports that involve frequent player-surface interactions. The underreporting of abrasion injuries due to how time-loss injuries are defined and the lack of validity of the current abrasion measurement device highlight the need for more research to understand fully the incidence and nature of abrasions on artificial turf playing surfaces and the effect of these injuries on playing behaviour. Improved reporting of abrasion injuries and a more biofidelic test device could assist in both the development of abrasion-related injury prevention strategies and in dispelling players’ negative perceptions of abrasions on artificial turf.

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

The South African Journal of Sports Medicine

Volume

26

Issue

3

Citation

TWOMEY, D.M., PETRASS, L.A. and FLEMING, P.R., 2014. Abrasion injuries on artificial turf – a real risk or not? The South African Journal of Sports Medicine, 26 (3), pp. 91-92.

Publisher

Health and Medical Publishing Group

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This article was published in The South African Journal of Sports Medicine [Health and Medical Publishing Group]. It is also available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/sajsm.563

eISSN

2078-516X

Language

en