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What Are the Most Common Softball Injuries?

Summit sports medicine specialist Sarah Lehnert, M.D., C.A.Q., gives us insight into the most common softball injuries — and what to do about them.

As those long summer days return, so does softball. Softball is a challenging sport that can lead to a variety of injuries. We talked with Summit sports medicine specialist Sarah Lehnert, M.D., C.A.Q., to learn more about the most common softball injuries.

What are the most common softball injuries?

“The most common complaint we see in softball players is shoulder pain,” Dr. Lehnert said. “It’s most often the pitchers, but also the catchers and some infielders.”

Repeated powerful throwing, especially if the player uses poor technique, can lead to several kinds of shoulder injuries. They include:

Other upper extremity injuries can also affect softball players:

Lower body injuries can also happen in softball. The most common include:

Other injuries

How do I know if my softball injury is serious?

Like any sport, there are lots of bruises and strains that can come with softball, especially at a competitive level. Generally speaking, if the pain responds to remedies like ice, heat, and ibuprofen, and if it goes away quickly, it probably isn’t serious. Here are some important things to keep in mind when you’re evaluating one of these most common softball injuries:

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, schedule an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a sports medicine consultation.

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