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Hey Batter Batter

Posted: 03-02-2012 | Categories: Administrators, Parents & Students

Here in the land of the free and the home of the brave we love our baseball.  We like to be taken out to the ball game and bought peanuts and cracker jacks, but according the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 110,000 baseball (and softball) injuries were treated in U.S. emergency rooms a few years ago for children aged 5 to 14. 

High school students make up the largest percentage of young adults who play the sport and are also the main ones striking out when it comes to injuries.  The American Academy of Pediatrics says enough is enough…three strikes and you’re out! 

They’ve come up with some new guidelines for baseball and softball players in order to protect them from injuries and another trip to the E.R.  Check this list to make sure you’re ready to hit a home run this baseball season. 

1. For batters, you’ll need batting helmets with face protection
2. For catchers, you’ll need helmets, masks with throat guards, chest protectors, and shin guards
3. For male players, you’ll need hard plastic athletic cups
4. All participants will need shoes with rubber spiked soles

Want more information to make sure you’re ready to go for baseball season, check out Jennifer Warner’s article “New Youth Baseball Safety Recommendations” on WebMD.

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