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Baseball is considered America’s greatest past time and many kids have fun playing every year. More than 500,000 people are treated every year for baseball related injuries and more than 300,000 of those are kids. Injuries can occur in kids who play on multiple teams throughout the entire year or in kids who only play for fun with their friends. Most of these injuries are preventable.
Soft tissue injuries are the most frequent including muscle pulls (strains), ligament sprains, contusions (bruises) and cuts. Other serious injuries can occur from contact with a ball, bat, or another player, especially if they are not wearing protective gear such as helmets. Throwing players (most frequently pitchers) are also at risk for overuse injuries to the shoulder and elbow.
Stretching and warming up is very important for preventing injuries. Prepare for the season by gradually increasing activity, such as running, agility training, and strength training. This is very important if you are coming off of a rest period. Throwing players should condition their arms. This should involve a gradual increase in activity. Warm-up should also be done before every practice or game.
Players under the age of 10 years should not learn to slide into a base. Players should be taught proper technique and practice with a sliding bag. Only breakaway bases should be used during games. Base players must be out of the way of runners and should not block the base. First base should have a double bag to prevent foot and ankle injuries between the runner and fielder.
The USA Baseball Medical and Safety Advisory Committee provides guidelines for youth baseball including number and type of pitches thrown based on age.
Pitch Count Limits: