Cape Coral Injury Attorneys: Spring Means Baseball Safety

by Carmen Dellutri on March 14, 2012

Cape Coral injury attorneyAs we head into March, baseball season is right around the corner. As Cape Coral injury attorneys, we want to make sure that parents and coaches understand how to keep kids safe on the field.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an estimated 109,202 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to softball and baseball in 2007. While extremely rare, the CPSC says approximately four children die each year from baseball-related injuries, often after being hit on the head or chest.

To increase baseball injury prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued new recommendations for improving safety. They include the following:

  • A low-impact ball should be used in children under 10 or by those with the lowest skill level.
  • Coaches and officials need to be aware of heat, sun and lightning and cancel or delay games if necessary.
  • Officials, parents, coaches and umpires need to be knowledgeable about recognizing and responding to concussions.
  • Everyone, including players, needs to be aware of overuse injuries and respect pitch counts and rest periods.
  • Athletes should stop pitching immediately if their arm is sore or in pain.
  • Players should wear polycarbonate eye protection or metal cages on helmets when batting.

In addition, the AAP stresses that field maintenance and equipment maintenance are critically important in minimizing the risk of injury. They also stress that timely access to an automated external defibrillator (AED) is essential to ensure that injured children are treated promptly.

Source: CNN

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral sports accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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