Injuries and Medical Issues in Softball

Briskin, Susannah M. MD

Current Sports Medicine Reports:
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3182699489
Sport-Specific Illness and Injury: Section Articles
Abstract

Softball is enjoyed by millions of female and male athletes of all ages and competitive levels. Windmill pitchers are at risk for developing overuse injuries in the throwing arm. Improper mechanics and lack of pitch counts may increase the risk for developing a pitching-related injury. Softball-related overuse injuries include proximal biceps tendinitis, upper extremity stress fractures, and ulnar neuritis. Acute injuries commonly occur in the lower extremity and include both fractures and ligamentous injuries. Sliding injuries account for a significant number of these lower extremity injuries. The addition of breakaway bases and mandatory use of protective headgear by defensive players may decrease acute injuries commonly seen in softball. Off-season programs should stress proper throwing and sliding mechanics, core conditioning, and a lower extremity neuromuscular education program.

Author Information

Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Address for correspondence: Susannah M. Briskin, MD, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Mailstop RBC 6019, Cleveland, OH 44106; E-mail: Susannah.briskin@uhhospitals.org

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