One of the injuries sportsmen succumb to that can purely be attributed to synthetic grass is turf burn. This is an abrasion to the skin, often the knee or the elbow, that is generally not serious injuries but can be very painful. If it’s not treated properly it can leave a disfiguring scar or can become infected and develop into a more serious injury.
Turf burn happens when an athlete falls and slides across an artificial turf surface removing a layer of skin it’s a painful injury but shouldn’t lead to a the player missing future matches. By and large, turf burn is a minor injury, requiring antiseptic treatment, but it is an injury that is prevalent for those who play on artificial grass surfaces due to the fact that the polypropylene fibers are abrasive.
This abrasive nature is more pronounced with a newly laid surface as the grass has not begun to weather or be worn due to high traffic. This mean the higher degree of traction which is desirable in a synthetic grass for increased speed and the ability to change direction will also mean increased traction on skin. The injury is also more likely to occur on hot days, because players won’t be wearing as much protective clothing which will expose a greater proportion of skin area to the grass.
Treatment For Turf Burn
If the abrasion is tended to soon after the match in which it occurred there will be more of a likelihood that the wound will heal quickly. Tips on caring for the injury begin with a thorough wash of the area with soap and water making sure that all parts of the affected area has been dealt with to ensure there is no leftover debris left behind.
Next, make sure the surrounding flesh is completely dry before administering an antibacterial ointment. This ointment should be applied so that no part of the wound is left uncovered.
You should then dress the wound with a sanitary gauze dressing, holding it in place either with a bandage or with sports tape. This will ensure the wound will be completely free of infection-causing bacteria. The treatment should be repeated until the wound is healed.
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