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Baseball: Know The Most Common Injury Risks

Baseball is a favorite summer pastime in Minnesota. Our sports team reviews the common baseball injuries we treat to help you understand what you can do to play more safely.

At Summit Orthopedics, we encourage sports participation as a smart way to maintain an active lifestyle. The health benefits of competitive exercise far outweigh the risk of sports-related injuries—but we still prefer preventing injuries to treating them. Understanding baseball risks is the first step in prevention.

Whether you are a professional athlete, a member of a neighborhood team, or cheer on your children at Little League games, injury is a concern. In 2010, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission reported more than 400,000 baseball-related injuries serious enough to require medical care. More than half of those injuries were suffered by children.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that soft-tissue injuries resulting from contact with a ball, bat, or another player are common in baseball. These injuries include:

In addition to these acute injuries that happen on the field, the sports medicine team at Summit Orthopedics wants you to be aware of another type of baseball injury that develops over time: overuse injuries caused by repetitive pitching, swinging, and throwing actions.

“Overuse injuries affecting the shoulder and elbow are the most common baseball-related injuries we see,” explains Summit sports medicine physician Dr. James Gannon. “These injuries cause shoulder or elbow pain—typically related to excessive throwing. Overuse damage can be the result of too many pitches or throwing forcibly without a proper warm-up.”

Because overuse injuries develop slowly over time, they are very preventable.

At Summit, our sports team is here to help if something goes wrong during your game—but we’d rather help you to anticipate and prevent injuries so you can enjoy your summer baseball games in active good health.

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive sports medicine expertise

From Olympians to pro athletes to kids in youth sports and those that just want to be more active—Summit Orthopedics delivers expert care by fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians. If you are recently injured or concerned about ongoing pain, Summit Orthopedics sports medicine specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely help you get back to being active.

Start your journey to stronger, healthier athletic condition. Find your sports medicine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a sports medicine consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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