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Most Common Baseball & Softball Injuries

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The most common baseball & softball injuries include mild soft tissue injuries, such as muscle pulls (strains), ligament injuries (sprains), cuts, and contusions (bruises). Although baseball/softball is a non-contact sport, most serious injuries are due to contact — either with a ball, bat, or another player. The repetitive nature of the sport can also cause overuse injuries to the shoulder and elbow.

PROPER PREPARATION FOR PLAYERS

  • Physical exam. A pre-season physical exam is important for both younger and older players. The goal is to prevent injuries and illnesses by identifying any potential medical problems. These may include asthma, allergies, heart, or orthopaedic conditions.
    Warm up and stretch. Always take time to warm up and stretch.
  • Warm up with some easy calisthenics, such as jumping jacks. Continue with walking or light running, such as running the bases.
  • Gentle stretching, in particular your back, hamstrings, and shoulders, can be helpful. Your team coach or athletic trainer may provide a stretching program.

PREVENT OVERUSE INJURIES

Because many young athletes are focusing on just one sport and are training year-round, physical therapists are seeing an increase in overuse injuries. Specific tips to prevent overuse injuries in baseball & softball include:

  • Limit the number of teams in which your child is playing in one season. Kids who play on more than one team are especially at risk for overuse injuries.
  • Do not allow your child to play one sport year round — taking regular breaks and playing other sports is essential to skill development and injury prevention.
  • Do not allow your child to pitch on consecutive days and avoid pitching on multiple teams with overlapping seasons.

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