Play Ball, but Be Safe, Say Pediatricians
By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer,
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Baseball and softball are relatively safe sports and participation should be encouraged.
However, overuse injuries can occur -- particularly among pitchers -- as well as serious and potentially catastrophic injuries. This policy statement reviews how to deal with and prevent injuries and promote safety by understanding stresses placed upon the arm and the importance of field and equipment maintenance, as well as by implementing creative prevention strategies.
Children should be encouraged to play baseball and softball, but strategies to keep them safe from harm need to be employed, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics.