It’s baseball season in Texas, not only for the Major League teams but also for thousands of Texas children who compete every year on both baseball and softball fields. The American Academy of Pediatrics provides these guidelines for parents, coaches and players to help reduce injuries to children when playing baseball or softball:
- To protect young pitchers from throwing injuries, it is recommended that pitchers do not learn to throw the curve ball until age 14 and the slider under age 16.
- Players should stop pitching immediately if they experience any signs of arm fatigue or pain.
- Players should wear protective safety equipment, including batting helmets with face protection, catchers’ helmets with throat guards, chest protectors and shin guards, hard plastic athletic cups for males, and rubber spikes on shoes.
- Coaches and officials should have immediate access to an automated external defibrillator (AED) in case of cardiac arrest.
- Coaches, parents and officials need to be knowledgeable about preventing and responding to concussion injuries.
- Players should wear protective eyewear to guard against eye injury.
- Children under the age of 10 should use the lowest-impact NOCSAE-approved balls.
- Coaches, parents and officials should be aware of heat and lightning safety procedures.
- Dugouts should include protective fencing and the on-deck circle should be eliminated.
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