Artificial Grass Disadvantages

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Athletes are constantly being asked which they prefer: artificial turf or natural grass.
They want the ideal playing surface to compete on, which was the logic behind inventing artificial grass, but what people don’t know are the disadvantages that are associated with artificial grass. After researching the downsides to turf, I read about a study that states that seventy-one percent of injuries on turf are traumatic injuries and the other 29% are for overuse injuries. This includes both females and males. Another study shows that a list of 38 American soccer players-34 of them goalies- have been diagnosed with cancer. Artificial turf is unhealthy for athletes to perform on, due to the content of the rubber pellets and the high risk of
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Instead of the turf containing nylon fibers, it was made with polypropylene, which was more comfortable. This first generation of turf was what we now call carpet. In the late 1970’s, the second generation of turf was developed. The plastic fibers were not only spaced wider apart to mimic natural grass, but they contained sand that spread between the fibers. This created firmness and stability for the players. Although, it was found these surfaces were not suitable for soccer players, due to the abrasions they could get from slide tackling and falling. Due to this fact, many soccer clubs waited until the 1980’s to test out the turf. It was not the ideal turf, which is why they kept improving it and developed one that proved to truly be suitable for soccer. Years later, people were impressed with the third generation of turf. The fibers were spaced even farther apart, allowing cleats to sink well into the surface. Ultimately, this would put less stress on players’ joints and ligaments. Along …show more content…
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system where the cells grow abnormally. It compromises your body’s ability to fight infection. As the year went by, Zohn met more and more goalkeepers diagnosed with blood cancer. He talked to many goalkeepers and not all of them had blood cancer, but the two most common cancers were lymphoma and leukemia. After meeting with the assistant soccer coach at the University of Washington and visiting the Seattle Children’s Hospital, Zohn began collecting data and met several goalkeepers with cancer, and began to notice a trend. While being hooked up for chemo that week, a hospital nurse mentioned to Zohn that he was the fourth goalkeeper she hooked up for chemo that

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