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Pro-Con: Which is safer: Natural grass or artificial turf?

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
July 15, 2013 at 2:15 a.m.

The use of artificial turf on sports fields first gained national attention in the Astrodome in the 1960s as the world was introduced to AstroTurf.

And although sometimes any artificial grass is mistakenly referred to as AstroTurf, it's not necessarily that brand and certainly not the same as it was in the 1960s.

Artificial turf is in what is known as its third generation, starting with the original AstroTurf, then moving to sand infills - put between the blades of the artificial grass - and now the more common infills are mixtures of sand and recycled rubber, according to the company Artificial Turf Supply.

As long as the artificial turf has been around, its safety for athletes compared to performing on natural grass has been debated.

Cuero High School and Refugio High School are installing artificial turf on their football fields for the upcoming seasons.

Is this the safest option for the student-athletes?

PRO: Artificial turf doesn't mean more impact injuries

CON: Natural grass is biologically healthier

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