With spring fast approaching, parents and children alike are getting excited for little league baseball and other youth sports and activities. Sports are a great way to teach children about staying in shape, the importance of teamwork, and developing confidence and overcoming obstacles. However, all these sports come with associated risks, some more than others. Here is some information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about personal injures and youth sports to keep in mind before the season:
- Baseball is one of the most popular youth sports, with an estimated 4.8 million children participating ages 5 to 14. Common injuries associated with baseball and softball include being hit with a bat or ball. Another injury, usually with older boys, is pitching too many innings. A child should not pitch too much, as this can lead to long lasting or permanent arm injury. The act of pitching creates traction on the elbow and shoulder. Most leagues place restrictions on the amount of pitches a child can throw in a game and week.
- Youth sports injuries account for 21% of all traumatic brain injuries in the United States each year.
- Over half, 62%, of youth sports injuries occur during practice or training, not in actual games.
- Be sure that your child’s equipment is safe, working properly and up to date. If you are not sure, ask the coach.
So enjoy this little league season; it is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and create lifelong memories. Just remember to be safe. Play ball!
Wooten Kimbrough, P.A.—Orlando personal injury attorneys.