Keep Youth Baseball Players Safe on the Field03/18/12
SUNDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- Youth baseball season will
soon begin, and parents and coaches need to know how to prevent
player injuries, a medical expert says.
Shoulder and elbow injuries are the most common and are
typically due to overuse, said Dr. Tony Wanich, an attending
surgeon in the orthopedic surgery department at Montefiore Medical
Center in New York City.
Appropriate conditioning and training, along with following safe
guidelines for play, are the best ways to prevent injury.
Wanich offered the following tips:
- Establish a consistent warm-up routine, including a stretching
program where stretches are held for 30 seconds.
- Running is an important part of warm-ups and preseason
conditioning. It helps pitchers develop endurance and stamina and
position players develop speed and agility.
- Strength training is important for baseball players. Pay
special attention to the rotator cuff, biceps, triceps and forearm
- Pitchers should not pitch on consecutive days. Young pitchers
should focus on developing accuracy and control through good
pitching mechanics. They should master the fastball before trying
other types of pitches.
- Communication between players, parents and coaches can help
identify problems before they lead to a more serious injury.
Persistent pain that does not improve with rest should be evaluated
by a sports-medicine specialist.
- Parents and coaches should follow player health and safety
guidelines established by Little League Baseball.
The Nemours Foundation offers
youth baseball safety tips.
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