The effects of turf and turf-grass on muscles and joints is something I hear often on the pitch with players and coaches generally favoring a well-groomed grass field over synthetic alternatives. This study backs up some of these perceptions:
Small-sided recreational soccer games elicit high heart rates, multiple intense actions, and decreased jump performance for all the investigated playing surfaces, suggesting that multiple fitness and health benefits can be achieved through soccer on sand, artificial turf and asphalt. Nonetheless, locomotor activities, heart rate, blood lactate levels, and perceived exertion differ between surfaces.
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