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    My club is looking at a 3g pitch for our main pitch for training and matches, would anyone know of any studies re injuries and the pluses and minuses of such surfaces. I know there was a study in 2010 but the technology has moved on since then, would be curious to know how Musgrave park has fared regarding injuries. I know the older surfaces like UL are quite hard on the body, curious to get some facts as opposed to '' I heard of a fella who got injured on 3g pitch'' anecdotes.

    Would be a big decision and would like to gather as much information as possible to assist the process.

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    https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rug...rass-1.3641369

    Though why the main pitch being got rid of? Thats best pitch Nenagh have? Surely put it on the second pitch and you have a good grass pitch in addition to the all weather pitch instead of an all weather pitch and a grass pitch that has fairly decent slope on it..

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      A quick search of the research out there, The last two are obviously the most relevant studies, I've attached them.

      https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/ful...63546514545864 - Conclusion: High-quality studies support an increased rate of ACL injury on synthetic playing surfaces in football, but there is no apparent increased risk in soccer. Further study is needed to clarify the reason for this apparent discrepancy.

      https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/...1111/sms.12654 - Moreover, there was no significant difference in overall risk injury between artificial turf and in natural grass (Soccer)

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5505587/ - In elite Italian rugby players, artificial turf seems to be safe in regards to traumatic injury while it seems to be a risk factor for overuse injuries.

      https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full...4.2018.1458588 - Artificial rugby union playing surface installation is increasing. This prospective cohort study aimed to examine the effect of playing surface on match injury types within 157 players of two UK professional rugby union clubs playing 209 matches (96 on artificial surfaces and 113 on grass) over three seasons. There was no difference in overall injury risk between the two playing surfaces with injury incidence on artificial 80.2 (CI 69.9–91.7) and on grass 81.9 per 1000 match-hours (CI 72.2–92.5), with an incidence rate ratio (RR) of 0.98 (CI 0.82–1.17). There was a higher rate of concussion (RR 0.52, CI 0.34 – 0.78) and chest injuries on grass (RR 0.26 CI 0.07, 0.95), and a higher rate of thigh haematoma (RR 2.25, CI 1.05–4.82) foot injuries (RR 4.12, CI 1.10, 15.40) and injury to players being tackled (RR 1.46, CI 1.00, 2.15) on artificial. Whilst there was no higher injury risk for matches played on artificial versus natural grass surfaces, the higher incidence of concussion and chest injury on grass, and the higher rate of foot injuries on artificial surfaces may be related to tackle and footwear-to-surface interface factors.
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        Originally posted by LimerickRugbyFan View Post
        A quick search of the research out there, The last two are obviously the most relevant studies, I've attached them.

        https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/ful...63546514545864 - Conclusion: High-quality studies support an increased rate of ACL injury on synthetic playing surfaces in football, but there is no apparent increased risk in soccer. Further study is needed to clarify the reason for this apparent discrepancy.

        https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/...1111/sms.12654 - Moreover, there was no significant difference in overall risk injury between artificial turf and in natural grass (Soccer)

        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5505587/ - In elite Italian rugby players, artificial turf seems to be safe in regards to traumatic injury while it seems to be a risk factor for overuse injuries.

        https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full...4.2018.1458588 - Artificial rugby union playing surface installation is increasing. This prospective cohort study aimed to examine the effect of playing surface on match injury types within 157 players of two UK professional rugby union clubs playing 209 matches (96 on artificial surfaces and 113 on grass) over three seasons. There was no difference in overall injury risk between the two playing surfaces with injury incidence on artificial 80.2 (CI 69.9–91.7) and on grass 81.9 per 1000 match-hours (CI 72.2–92.5), with an incidence rate ratio (RR) of 0.98 (CI 0.82–1.17). There was a higher rate of concussion (RR 0.52, CI 0.34 – 0.78) and chest injuries on grass (RR 0.26 CI 0.07, 0.95), and a higher rate of thigh haematoma (RR 2.25, CI 1.05–4.82) foot injuries (RR 4.12, CI 1.10, 15.40) and injury to players being tackled (RR 1.46, CI 1.00, 2.15) on artificial. Whilst there was no higher injury risk for matches played on artificial versus natural grass surfaces, the higher incidence of concussion and chest injury on grass, and the higher rate of foot injuries on artificial surfaces may be related to tackle and footwear-to-surface interface factors.
        Many thanks, will go through them, it is rugby specific I am mostly looking for, they are different specifications on soccer pitches but may be instructive. The problem i have is some of the studies I have seen are quite out of date, burns etc injuries relating to sand based pitches - the technology has moved on and the pitches like Musgrave park are different to those in these older studies. I have e mailed the RFU who seem to provide most up to date studies but they may not respond, we shall see. We will contact Munster rugby re Musgrave park and see if they have any stats they can share, albeit very early to make any judgments after one season. I do know they had 105 full games on that pitch last season.

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