Statistically, it is one of the safest sports to play compared to other high-contact sports. However, both acute injuries from direct contact with the ball or another player and overuse injuries result from baseball.
Baseball requires short bursts of intense activity and a lot of mobility. Hitting, throwing, and base-running are the main aspects of the sport you will want to train for. Hitting and throwing are explosive rotational activities that require torso and shoulder flexibility as well as rotational stability and power. For base-running, you will want to work on improving your speed and agility.
Consider the following to improve performance:
To help prevent injury, make sure you practice these general safety tips:
—Baseball is one of the safest high school sports in the United States with a reported injury rate of 1.26 injuries per 1000 athletic exposures1
—20% of children ages 8 to 12 and 45% of those ages 13 to 14 will have arm pain during a single youth baseball season2
—Since 2000, there has been a fivefold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball players2
Remember to always check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. If you have any type of persistent pain, be sure to see a doctor.