A sport near and dear to my own heart is baseball. My son has been active in this sport his entire life, keeping him out of trouble and tired. This sport is truly America’s original pastime, and a cherished one for many.
What can be scary, and all too common, are sports injuries. An estimated 110,000 children are treated from baseball-related injuries each year. I have personally witnessed batters being hit in the face, sprained ankles and even broken legs, which I experienced with my son last year. Although most injuries are accidental, many can be avoided, such as overuse injuries, which are a result of extremity overuse: Little League Shoulder, Little League Elbow, Olecranon Stress Fractures and Ulnar Neuritis are the most common.
These injuries can be minimized by athletes, parents, and coaches being aware of the conditions, signs, and symptoms. Proper education, training, and mechanics as well as maintaining the pitch count and ensuring proper rest between games will aid in maintaining the health of the athlete.
We live in an area that is highly competitive in this sport. There is a plethora of professionally skilled coaches, trainers, and prior athletes as well as some top-notch versatile facilities to participate and train in. Please consider where, and with whom, your child is working with to make sure they have your child’s health as their #1 priority, and not winning a game that won’t matter tomorrow. Two recent articles in Bleacher Report highlight these and other issues: How a Line Drive Forever Changed and Nearly Ended My Life and Little League Coach Is Suing His Player for More Than $500,000.
If you are a volunteer coach or have children participating in sports, you are entering a realm of enhanced personal liability. Please contact us to discuss your exposure to loss and available protection plans in greater detail.
In closing… Let’s Play Ball!!!!!!!