Baseball injuries are an unfortunate part of America’s favorite pass time. Whether you are a professional athlete, little league slugger or a high school hitter, baseball injuries can be season ending. But don’t assume that an injury will end your season prematurely.
While baseball injuries can sideline an athlete, there are many injuries that can heal in plenty of time to finish out a season. The key to knowing how to recover from an injury is understanding the severity and complexity of the issue.
Here are some of the most common types of baseball injuries:
- Damage to the ulnar collateral ligament
- Shoulder instability or shoulder subluxation caused by a partial dislocation
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Medial collateral ligament sprain
- Lateral epicondylitis (also known as tennis elbow) caused by over use
- Medial epicondylitis (also known as golfers elbow) caused by over use or an acute injury
Prevention of injury is obviously the best way to ensure a successful, injury free season. However, some injuries are not preventable. Taking steps such as properly warming up and using appropriate protection is your first line of defense against baseball injuries. Further, proper training on technique will give you the best chance of avoiding injuries that occur with bad form. Nutrition and hydration are also very important in avoiding an injury. Eating foods rich in calcium will help build bone strength. Fueling up before practice and games can help prevent fatigue and unnecessary injuries.
If you do find yourself with a baseball injury this season, it is vital that you quickly identify if you need professional treatment. Consider the following when debating whether or not to seek a consultation from a medical doctor such as an orthopaedic surgeon:
- Do you have moderate pain or weakness that has lasted more than two weeks despite the use of rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E.)?
- Do you have severe pain and/or swelling that has lasted more than 72 hours?
- Do you have a loss of feeling or altered sensation in an injured area such as foot, hand, arm or leg?
- Are you unable to put weight on your leg/foot after sustaining an injury?
- Are you unable to carry out daily activities following an injury?
If you or a loved one have suffered a baseball injury, know that it is better to be safe than sorry. Whether your issue requires rest and physical therapy or a major surgery, it is better to consider all of your options. What might seem like a minor over use injury could be something more serious. Always consult a physician when in doubt.