7 Tips for Safer Youth Baseball
Youth baseball is a fun activity for kids and parents alike, but there are important safety measures that cannot be ignored. Below are 7 tips for safer youth baseball.
- Wear all the proper equipment during practice and game, including a helmet, mask, and, if needed, goggles.
- Get lots of exercise before the season begins to prevent injuries.
- Inspect the playing field for debris such as broken glass or large rocks prior to playing.
- Consider face-mask batting helmets and mouth guards to prevent oral, facial, eye, and head injuries.
- Helmets should fit snugly, so no soft baseball caps should be worn underneath, and should be secured with chin straps to prevent falling while running.
- Do not apply paint or stickers to the helmet shell, which can cause a chemical reaction that destroys the helmet's hard, protective ability.
- Know the signs of asthma emergency and make sure others do too.
According to USABaseball.com, the younger the age group, the higher the relative frequency of injuries from warm-ups and post-game or post-practice horseplay. Also, young batters are more apt to be injured by a swung bat while getting into position.
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