Don’t Strike Out!
The crack of the bat, smell of the leather mitt and running of the bases are a few of the things players love about baseball and softball. More than 33 million Americans play organized baseball and softball each year, with nearly 6 million of these players being children from 5 to 14 years old. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2003 more than 200,000 of these kids were treated in hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and hospital emergency rooms for baseball-related injuries. That is why the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that children use caution when partaking in youth baseball, particularly year-round.