0 Study shines a light on injury risk of playing rugby on artificial pitches

Kingston parkNew study of injuries in professional rugby explores the impact of artificial pitches, like the one Newcastle Falcons have had installed.

The Scandanavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport might not normally be top of my reading list but a full analysis of the relationship between artificial pitches and rugby injuries will be appearing in its pages shortly.

We had a taster in this week's England Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project report which revealed match injuries from games played on plastic pitches were virtually identical to those played on turf during 2013-14.

Newcastle Falcons installed an artificial pitch last summer, the risk of abrasions deemed 'substantially more' although most were at the minor end of the spectrum.

Players used to playing on grass reported muscle soreness over the four days after playing on plastic, even though the magnitude of the effect was small and the full findings should make interestesting reading.

For the Chronicle Live article click here.

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