season is here. While thatís welcome news to players and
fans, injury risks for youth baseball players are higher than
one might expect. For children ages 5-14, those who play
baseball account for 25 percent of all sports-related injuries
in that age range, according to Livestrong.
are common in youth and adult baseball and softball
players," says Jake Erickson, D.O., Mayo Clinic Health
System sports medicine physician. "Being aware of the
most common injuries and their causes can prevent harm."
Erickson says the most common baseball and softball-related
OR TEAR TO THE ULNAR COLLATERAL LIGAMENT (UCL)
to Sports Med, UCL damage often is caused by pitchers throwing
too much. Knowing your limits can help prevent overuse.
baseball or softball players forcefully twist or rotate their
knees, they are susceptible to tearing their meniscus. This
aggressive twisting and pivoting of the knee can cause pain,
swelling and stiffness.
to a hand or wrist is typically caused by sudden impact and
repetitive stress. This can happen during contact with another
player or while diving for a ball on the ground.
AND ROTATOR CUFF TENDINITIS
can be caused by a sudden injury but is commonly caused by the
repetition of a particular movement over time. Itís
especially common among pitchers.
conditions are the most common injuries we see," adds Dr.
Erickson. "If we catch an overuse injury early, a few
days of rest and recovery is typically all thatís needed to
fix the problem. If athletes push through this pain and ignore
warning signs, a small problem can turn into a bigger problem,
which will lead to more time away from sport."
Erickson recommends seeing a doctor if you or your child have
been injured during an athletic competition.
important to get an accurate diagnosis to determine the
severity of the injury. Swelling of a joint is never normal,
so if you notice a swollen joint, you should see your doctor