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Monday, April 28, 2014

Baseball Injuries

While America’s favorite pastime is exciting to play, it can also cause some serious injuries.

According to the US Consumer Products Safety Commission, more than 627,000 baseball-related injuries are treated every year in hospitals, doctors' offices, and other medical facilities.

The frequent throwing, bat-swinging, and catching high-speed balls involved in baseball can lead to a large variety of sports injuries, both cumulative (from overuse) and acute (from a sudden impact).

With baseball season in full swing, we’ve seen and treated quite a few shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist injuries.
Youth baseball pitching injuries, specifically, are on the rise, despite the implementation of nationally recommended pitching limits, according to a multicenter, national research study.
The American Orthopedic Society for Sports medicine sponsored the study and found the most prevalent reasons for arm pain and tiredness stems from five main causes:

1.      Pitching for more than one team during the same season

2.      Pitching more than one game during the same day

3.      Pitching on back-to-back days

4.      Pitching in a league without pitch counts or playing year-round

5.      Throwing curve balls before high school
Specific injuries include:
·         Bursitis
·         Impingement syndrome (inflammation of the tendons of the rotator cuff)
·         Rotator cuff tendonitis
·         Shoulder instability (a loosening of the structures that keep the ball of the shoulder in the socket)
·         Shoulder separation
·         Tendonitis
·         Torn rotator cuff
·         "Little leaguer's elbow" (inflammation on the inner side of the elbow, common in pitchers age 16 and under; also called golfer's elbow or medial epicondylitis)
·         Tennis elbow (inflammation on the outside of the elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis)
·         Medial elbow ligament tears ("Tommy John" surgery)
·         Finger fractures
·         Bursitis
·         Wrist sprains
·         Wrist tendonitis
·         Tenosynovitis (inflammation tendons on the thumb side of the wrist)
Texas Orthopedics wants everyone to enjoy baseball season, so listen to your body to avoid overuse injuries. .
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