Last Updated: Mar. 20, 2017
By: Taira Jordan
Baseball is one of America’s most popular youth sports and is played by children of all ages. Young boys and girls play tee-ball, in which players hit a ball off of a tee, to learn the basic fundamentals of hitting and fielding. Usually beginning at age 7, players hit live pitches from their coach or the opposing pitcher, depending on their age and experience. While baseball is not normally a dangerous sport, there is a real risk of injury from wild pitches, batted balls and collisions in the field. To avoid most injuries, make sure your child wears the proper protective safety gear and follows a consistent training and conditioning program.
Prior to the start of the baseball season, make sure your child follows a pre-season strength and training program. All-Stars need practice to condition their bodies for the game to both avoid injury and fine-tune their skill set. Ask your coach to teach young baseball players the correct sliding (no headfirst sliding), pitching (limit pitches thrown per week) and batting (moving away from a pitch aimed directly at them) techniques.
When the baseball season rolls around, have your child take the time to warm up and stretch before each practice and game as cold, tight muscles are more prone to injury. As many baseball injuries involve the throwing arm and shoulder, players would benefit from practicing proper throwing techniques and pitching limits should be observed. Little League Baseball usually accounts for this with important rules that limit the number of pitches players can throw in a given day and also how many days pitchers must rest their arms before pitching again.
The proper safety gear should always be worn during practice and game time.