Opening day is right around the corner for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the rest of Major League Baseball. While you may not be interested in watching the Pirates complete another losing season, you should be interested in recognizing the most common injuries baseball players suffer.
After all, millions of youths will be taking to the diamond this spring and summer and you will want to be able to tell if your child is hurt and how the injury should be handled. With this in mind, here is a list of some of the most common baseball injuries.
- Hamstring and/or quadriceps strains – These muscles are very important when it comes to quick acceleration and deceleration, which are two activities that are very common actions on the baseball diamond.
- Meniscus tears – The meniscus is a fibrocartilage disc inside the knee joint. There are two and they serve as a cushion between the tibia and femur. When it is injured, it limits range of motion and usually requires physical therapy and/or surgery to repair correctly.
- Rotator cuff injuries – These can range from minor strains that require some rest and physical therapy to regain strength in the shoulder, to complete tears that require surgery and could take up to 12 months of physical therapy before a plaer (usually pitchers) can return to action.
- Labral tears – This is another injury that is more likely to affect pitchers than hitters. This injury affects the labrum, which is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder’s socket. It is under constant stress for pitchers, as they are using it repeatedly and on a regular basis. These injuries can present with no symptoms, or land the player on the injury list for an extended period of time.