Dr. Barbara Huggins

Spring Training

April 5, 2007

Spring Training -  April 5, 2007Baseball - it's America's favorite pastime. Every year, there are over 8 million children over the age of 6 who play the sport. It's one thing to know WHEN to sign your child up to play and another to enjoy a successful season. Dr. Mom has some tips on how to keep your child in the game.

Approximately 8.6 million children between the ages of 6 and 17 years old participate in the sport of baseball. Baseball is the second most commonly played team sport in the country. It is estimated that there are more than 100,000 acute baseball injuries every year in 5 to 14 year old children. Injuries range from "little league elbow" (overuse injury), base-running injuries, to ball-related injuries. Injuries can occur not only during games but during warm-up periods as well.

Signs of overuse injury for a child who throws repetitively:

If you notice any of these signs in your athlete, have this investigated by your health care provider.

What can be done to help prevent injuries?

Because children grow and mature at different rates, it is difficult to know when to involve them in a sport; but experts agree that when a child shows interest in a sport and has fun playing it, they are ready.

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