Experts: Proper instruction, safeguards help keep players safe

Max Hampton puts on his helmet in the Cardinals dugout before he takes his turn at bat Friday at Cosmo Field at Riverside Park.

Max Hampton puts on his helmet in the Cardinals dugout before he takes his turn at bat Friday at Cosmo Field at Riverside Park. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

Stories abound of children being hurt while playing summer sports like baseball, but local experts say the sports are actually relatively safe with proper safeguards.

photo

Red Sox Coach Doug Hunolt assists Tate Kirchner with the catcher’s equipment Friday evening at their machine-pitch baseball game at Cosmo Field. The Parks and Recreation department provides safety equipment to players in order to prevent injuries during play.

Dr. Jennifer Krause, a pediatrician with St. Mary’s Health Center, said a 2001 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found baseball and softball to be “relatively safe sports and that catastrophic injuries are rare.”

“Overall incidence of injury in baseball is in two to eight percent of participants each year,” she said. “The most common acute injuries are bruises and scrapes, followed by fractures. Other injuries include sprains/strains, concussions, internal injuries and dental trauma.”

In an effort to reduce the risk of injury, children who participate in the Parks and Recreation baseball leagues are ....

Read additional details in our newspaper or e-Edition. Newspaper subscribers: Click on an e-Edition article and log in using your current account information at no extra charge. For e-edition help, e-mail circ@newstribune.com. Click here to purchase the full version of archived articles.

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Please review our Policies and Procedures before registering or commenting

News Tribune - comments