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This report addresses the question, "Is artificial turf injuring athletes?" The perception that artificial turf causes more injuries than natural grass is explored in depth through examining current articles and studies on the topic, coupled with interviews, inquiries, questionnaires, and site visits. We concentrated on football because that sport provided the most data and the highest injury rate in collegiate sports. We conclude that WPI's new AstroTurf playing field is safer than the previous artificial turf surface, and that grass is possibly marginally safer, but with higher maintenance costs and with limited year-round usage.
- This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
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