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Experts: Proper instruction, safeguards help keep players safe

Experts: Proper instruction, safeguards help keep players safe

June 11th, 2011 in News

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.

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 ....