The Doctors: Baseball Vs Softball Injuries & Pitch Count Guidelines


The Doctors: Baseball Vs Softball Injuries

When you’re getting back to your favorite sports or outdoor exercise routines, it’s important to remember that you should ease back into things, according to The Doctors. Countless injuries are caused every year in adults and children because we put too much strain on our bodies too quickly. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr Mark Adickes joined Dr Travis Stork to talk about seasonal sports injuries in baseball vs softball.

Dr Adickes noted that baseball tends to cause a lot more injuries than softball, even among kids. He stressed the importance of staying active year-round to avoid injuries from sports activity in the spring or summer.


Baseball Vs Softball Pitching Injuries

The Drs: Baseball Vs Softball Safety

The Doctors talked about the different risks for injuries with Baseball Vs Softball & offered safety guidelines and exercises.

A girl in the audience, Kiana, got the chance to demonstrate how to throw a softball on the set. Meanwhile, Dr Adickes noted that the arm is relatively safe when pitching a softball, but the hips are at risk because of the maneuver.

Dr Travis demonstrated a baseball pitch, which involves twisting and bending the elbow, causing potentially serious injury. That’s why it’s so important to warm up before pitching. Dr Adickes demonstrated stretching by holding a bat over your head and behind your back.


Football, Softball & Baseball Newspaper Wrist Exercise

As for football, there’s a useful exercise players do that is also useful for other types of sports. Dr Adickes gave Kiana and her friend some newspaper pages. They held their arms out at the sides, holding a newspaper by the corner in each hand.

With arms outstretched, the idea of this exercise is to crumple the newspaper pages into a ball without bringing your arms in. He said that the bigger the newspaper page is, the more difficult this exercise will be.

The Drs: Baseball Vs Softball Pitch Count Guidelines

To keep from overdoing it, baseball pitchers need to keep track of their pitches by counting them. Here are some guidelines to know when it’s time to take a break from practice.

  • Age 8 – 50 Pitches
  • Add 5 pitches per year until age 18
  • Age 18 – 100 Pitches

You’ll notice that even major league pitchers tend to get a break once they approach the 100 pitch mark. As for softball, the guidelines are a little less restrictive. Youth softball pitchers should probably take a break after 70 pitches.

The Drs: Baseball Pitching Age Guidelines

When baseball pitchers are starting out, Dr Adickes suggested sticking to a simple fastball. “At about 14, you can start to do a Changeup. At 16, you can start to throw a curve. And then at 18, you can start throwing some of these crazy ones, like sliders and screwballs, which lead to all kinds of unnatural movements,” he said.

Dr Travis also expressed concern about the varied activity levels for baseball and softball. He recommended staying warmed up in the dugout to prevent injuries when you get up to bat, for example. Will you be keeping these tips in mind on the baseball or softball diamond this season?


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