The Confederations Cup and Estadio do Maracana

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Seleção Brasileira played on the grass of Estadio do Maracana.
Photo courtesy of Erica Ramalho/Wikimedia

Brazil was in epic form last night when they ripped Spain 3 – 0 to win the Confederation’s Cup in Rio’s glittering Estadio do Maracana (Maracana Stadium).

As many of the readers know, there have also been epic clashes throughout the country.  Large crowds have protested several issues, not the least of which is the huge capital investment the country is making in its sporting infrastructure, in lieu of other public works, heading into the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics (in Rio de Janeiro).

I certainly don’t pretend to understand the politics, but last night’s glorious football got me to thinking about a sports medicine controversy:  turf v. grass, which playing surface is safer for football (futbol, soccer) players?

This blog has discussed this issue before, with posts by me and the  previous on line editor, Chris Hughes, which I would recommend to you.

But today, I thought I would put the issue to the readers:  which surface do you think is safer for football/soccer players?  Take the poll below, or at the journal’s main page, and let us know.  I’ll  post the results in a week.  Feel free as well to elaborate on your vote in the comments section below.

If you didn’t get the chance to check out our blog posst on the weekend’s other huge sporting events,  the first stages of The Tour de France and Wimbledon, please do so and let us know what you think.

Is it really already July?!!  Have a good week!

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About sportingjim
I work at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio USA, where I am a specialist in pediatric sports medicine. My academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics is through Ohio State University. I am a public health advocate for kids' health and safety. I am also the Emerging Media Editor for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

3 Responses to The Confederations Cup and Estadio do Maracana

  1. Chris Hughes says:

    Thanks Jim.

    The following link leads to an interesting and relevant article from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences by Claudio on the risks of synthetic turf and is well worth a read – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2265067/

    • sportingjim says:

      Great link Chris; the link adds another health dimension to the equation: environmental toxicities grass v. turf.

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