What athletes think
No athletes want to suffer career ending injuries:
Most professional mens soccer players refuse to play on artificial turf.
The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team sued U.S. Soccer in March 2019 in part because the team was required to play domestic games on artificial turf while the men's team was not. The USWNT claimed that artificial turf is harder on a player's body and cited risk of cancer and higher injury rates from playing on artificial turf. The team won the right to play matches on grass fields in a November 2020 settlement.
FIFA will only allow natural grass at the 2023 Women's World Cup. Men's World Cup games have always been played on grass. FIFA will requires each training ground to have at least one grass field.
The US Women’s soccer team cited risk of cancer and higher injury rates when playing on artificial turf, as the main reasons why they should only play on grass.
In 2020 the NFL Players Association petitioned the NFL to only allow play on grass citing the NFL’s own statistics from 2012-2018 showing significantly higher injury rates on artificial turf than on grass. “The data stands out and the numbers are staggering in the difference in injury rate. We all should be working toward the safest style of play, and we know the dangers of playing on turf.” JC Tretter, NFL Players Association President 09/30/20
Baseball players complain that playing on synthetic turf makes the ball bounce wrong and it disrupts the game.
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Data collected from 26 high schools was analyzed to compare injury incidences on artificial turf versus natural grass based on sport among high school athletes. Athletes were 58% more likely to sustain an injury on artificial turf. Football, soccer, and rugby athletes were at a significantly greater injury risk on artificial turf. Upper and lower extremity and torso injuries also occurred with higher incidence on artificial turf.*
*Current Orthopaedic Practice: July/August 2021- Volume 32 Issue 4 p 355-360.