How To Avoid Accidents in BASEBALL. Safety Tips and Precautions.

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Research has shown that not more than 200,000 baseball related injuries under the age of 18 are treated in hospital emergency rooms around the world. Hundreds of thousands of adults receive minor injuries in this sport.  Not having injuries or accidents on a baseball pitch is not determined by the number of years of pitching or batting, even the best players still risk the possibility of a serious baseball injury. No baseball player, professional or amateur, young or old, is invulnerable to getting hurt or sustaining minor or long-term injury.

There are mainly two types of baseball and injuries. The impact and overuse. Just like the names imply, Impact injuries are caused by the sudden contact with an object, the ground, or another person. Impact baseball injuries include being struck by a bat or ball, or colliding with another player on the pitch. Overuse baseball injuries are those that occur from excessive use of the wrist, arm, and shoulder joints from pitching and batting the ball.  Baseball and softball related injuries involve the head more than any other part of the body.  Before you get on the pitch to play or practice, you need to be aware of some of the ways baseball injuries can occur, and how you can help prevent them.

 

Baseball safety tips

 

  • Make sure you wear all the required safety gear every time you play and practice. Wear a helmet when batting, waiting to bat, or while running the bases. Helmets should have eye protectors, either safety goggles or face guards. Shoes with molded cleats are recommended. You should avoid using steel spikes. If you’re a catcher, you will need additional safety gears like catcher’s mitt, face mask, throat guard, long-model chest protector, and shin guards.
  • Make sure first aid is available at all games and practices. You can get a ready packed first aid kit from a sports store or you can put one together yourself. It should include elastic bandages, wraps, antibiotics, cold compresses for minor pain and swelling, sprays for cuts, and first aid scissors. And since baseball players spend a lot of time in the sun, it’s a great idea to include sunscreen, zinc oxide, sting and burn relief.
  • Make sure a person certified in CPR and first aid is present at all games and practices.
  • Check and inspect all playing equipments (Helmets, bats, balls and gloves) to make sure they are in good condition.
  • Chest protectors and softer balls are also being studied for their protective effect.
  • Taking a quick look around the baseball field for trash, broken glass, and pot holes before games can.
  • Practice good batting and pitching techniques, Learn proper throwing techniques such as: releasing the ball out in front of the body after the arm passes the head, using a smooth throwing motion and keeping your eyes on the target and Keep your head up while running the bases.
  •  If you’re a baseball coach or volunteer parent, you can help kids avoid collision or other impact injury in a few ways. One is by teaching and reinforcing good team communication skills from the start.
  • Encourage your league to use breakaway bases. These bases, which detach when someone slides into them, can prevent many ankle and knee injuries in both children and adults. Remember, you don’t have to be on a baseball diamond to get hurt. Make sure you wear safety gear and follow safety rules during informal baseball and softball games, too.
  • Teammates should practice communicating with each other, which not only can prevent many impact (collision) baseball injuries but it’s a great lifelong skill.
  • Bat with confidence. To avoiding being smacked by a wild ball while up to bat. Batting with confidence doesn’t only involve becoming skilled at the mechanics of batting. Knowing when to bat, how to keep yourself from getting hit by a wild pitch, and how to release the bat before running the bases. Keep a close eye on the ball, and move aside when a ball is heading straight for the head or body by tucking the chin, lowering the head, and turning the face and body away from the pitcher. Touch the end of the bat to the ground to let the pitcher know they’re not ready. Set the bat down rather than flinging it aside, which could injure someone.
  • Get plenty of exercise before swinging a bat so as not to pull a muscle. Warm up and stretch before practices and games, paying particular attention to the batting and throwing muscles. Warm up by pitching balls. Practice tossing slow, easy pitches to warm up the arm and shoulder, gradually progressing to harder, game-style pitches.
  • Be aware of, and respond to signs of fatigue, such as decrease in accuracy or ball speed, dropped elbow while pitching, taking more time between pitches, and complaints of being tired.
  • Stop playing if you experience persistent pain or loss of motion. Go to the clinic for frequent checkups. Follow all the doctor’s orders for recovery, and get the doctor’s OK before you return to play.
  • Do not serve as both pitcher and catcher.
  • Do not pitch too often and too soon. It can spell trouble for young players who lack the neuromuscular development needed to perform certain moves. What results are muscle fatigue and stress. Even professional players avoid pitching too often by following guidelines provided by their league.
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More Precautions in Baseball.

  • Keep your body hydrated. Water is a great deal and sport drinks and juices are a great deal too.
  • Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. It also should be sweat and water-resistant and reapply every two to four hours.
  • Be familiar with RICE – Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate. This is effective for most minor sprains and strains associated with athletic injury.
  • Above all, keep baseball and softball fun. Pushing too hard can risk injury

 

Conclusion.

Baseball is a fairly safe sport and minor scrapes, bumps and bruises cannot be avoided but at the same time serious impact and overuse injuries don’t have to be part of the game. Although we would not neglect to keep a first-aid kit on hand in case of accidents, kids and coaches often overlook long-term damage caused by overusing certain muscles. The right training and conditioning, warming up before games, and limiting your number of pitches per year, can go a long way to preventing the most common baseball injuries.

Feel free to add more safety tips and precautions. Comments are welcomed . Thank you.

 

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