Artificial playing surfaces are contentious and remain a talking point in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Marianke van der Merwe uncovers the artificial surface injury risk and provides recommendations to mitigate the risk factors for athletes. Artificial turf was first introduced in the 1960s and has evolved significantly. There are three reasons for artificial turf. Firstly,... MORE
Marianke van der Merwe
Marianke van der Merwe is the Sport Scientist at Balderstone Sport Institute's Football Academy in South Africa. She attained her Honors degree in Sport Science at the University of Pretoria. She is passionate about youth development and athletic performance. Furthermore, she is interested in education and is a lecturer for Cambridge International Physical Education subject. She is a nationally capped softball athlete and uses her experience competing internationally to prepare the athletes mentally and physically.