Any athletic sport is physically demanding. Without proper training, stress and fatigue can get the better of the athlete. In playing sports, one must be cautious that in performing well, they will need to improve their physical capabilities. Baseball is no exception when it comes to health risks in sporting. Here are some of the ways baseball can put you in harm’s way.
1. Ball Bullets
A ball hit by a wooden bat can reach a maximum speed of 100 mph. A ball hit by metal bats, which are relatively lighter for most batters, can reach speeds more than 100 mph. “Ball Bullet” incidents, which killed some young children and injured adult audiences in the stands, is a powerful ball hit from a metal bat. Most youth, high school and college leagues make use of bats with metals. However, many states are considering to ban the use of non-wooden bats to avoid the injuries.
2. Little League Arm
As with any sporting activity, without enough exercise and muscle development, injuries can be common. Young players practicing their pitches may have trouble with their arms during the time they begin playing. Too much pitching exercises can lead to broken bones in the arm joints.
Fatigue easily sets in especially during long practice and playing sessions. Fatigue is virtually harmless in itself; but it can give way to other serious injuries. Fatigue causes the lack of concentration. Collisions with running players can cause concussions or brain damage. Getting hit by a pitched or batted ball even with safety equipment can also be a problem with fatigue. A player must be able to rest when fatigue sets in to avoid possible injuries.