Posts Tagged ‘injuries’

Apple offers Concussion App

New tool for diagnosis help on the field

Pick up your phone and use an app to answer a series of questions to determine the chances that a player has actually suffered a concussion.  The questions used come directly from the Centers for Disease Control.  The Concussion Assessment & Response app  is available for purchase in the iTunes App store for $4.99, has a list of symptoms that will help in the decision to remove a player from a game or seek medical attention.  In fact, it has a “Return to Play” feature that helps you decide when the player should return to practice and games.  Another feature offers the capability contact a doctor if further medical advice is needed.

The app was designed by Jason Mihalik of the Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill and Justin Smith of the Psychological Assessment Resources.

Oversized Baseball Helmets

Minor league players argue safety and style

The new larger helmets are not popular with players, but they can withstand pitches up to 100mph.  A required piece of equipmentin the minors this year, the Rawlings S100 helmet includes an expanded liner made of polypropylene for added protection.

Baseball helmets and concussions“I don’t even look in the mirror,” said Justin Turner, an infielder for the Norfolk Tides, the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.  “I think they’re ridiculous. I’ve been hit in the face in the College World Series.  There’s got to be a way to put more protection in the helmet and not have them look that atrocious”

New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is the only big leaguer wearing one on a regular basis.  He’d already sustained a couple of concussions when manager Joe Girardi persuaded Cervelli to opt for safety over style.  “It’s ugly,” Cervelli said in spring training, but added that looks weren’as important as taking care of himself.

It will be interesting to see how the new helmets are accepted in minor league baseball and their impact on concussions.  If favorable, the trend could spread to the major leagues, colleges, and high schools.  It’s not yet clear if the pitch speeds in youth baseball justify the extra protection.


Source:  Insurance Journal, May 28, 2010  

ASMI on Safety for Youth Baseball Pitchers

Official statement released

The American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) has released its position statement on best practices for youth pitchers in avoiding injuries.

Of particular interest is the statement that throwing curve balls is not a risk factor in youth shoulder and elbow injuries. However, this does not mean that youth pitchers don’t need to take precautions before doing so.

The position statement addresses how to avoid overuse, mandatory 4 month rest periods, and pitch counts.


Source: ASMI

Catastrophic Injury Survey Results

Amateur baseball rates are low

All sports entail some element of risk of catastrophic injury. However, the frequency of such catastrophic injuries is surprisingly low in amateur baseball. To summarize, the overall rate of catastrophic injuries such as deaths and disabilities is only one per one million participants.

Our insurance clients, Dixie Youth Baseball and Dixie Boys/Majors Baseball,  participated in a study by completing a survey form on an annual basis that requires the reporting of any catastrophic injury. Other participating organizations include American LegionLittle League, Babe Ruth, PONY, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, NCAA,  the National Baseball Congress, the National Federation Of State High School Associations, National Junior College Athletic Association, the National Association of Police Athletic Leagues, the American Amateur Baamateur baseball insuranceseball Congress, Cape Cod Baseball, and the National Amateur Baseball Federation.

“The final report includes eighteen years of data collection from 1989 through 2006. Participation numbers for that period of time included 82,687,876 amateur baseball players in 13 organizations. Catastrophic injuries for that same period of time included 39 fatalities, 26 disability injuries, and 30 injuries with complete recovery. The catastrophic injury rate for the eighteen years is 0.11 injuries per 100,000 participants or approximately one injury per 1,000,000 participants. This figure is very low. The eighteen year injury rate for fatalities was 0.05 per 100,000 participants, 0.03 for disability injuries, and 0.04 for serious or recovery injuries.”

See the report by USA Baseball Medical and Safety Committee and National Center on Catastrophic Sports Injury Research.