It has a low rate of injuries compared to high contact sports, but injuries still occur from overuse and from contact with the ball or another player. Most overuse injuries involve the wrist, shoulder, or back.
Softball is similar to baseball in that both sports require short bursts of intense activity and mobility. Players should work on improving forearm strength and running reaction drills. Forearm strength will help with batting to assist getting the head of barrel around the ball. Reaction drills are essential as the softball field is smaller than the baseball diamond, leaving less time to react.
Consider the following to improve performance:
Stay healthy by taking time to warm-up/cool down properly. Keep in mind throwing progressions and counting number of throws.
To help prevent injury, make sure you practice these general safety tips:
Arm & Elbow
Hand & Wrist
Leg & Knee
Since 2000, there has been a fivefold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth softball players.1
The most common body regions injured in softball are:2
28% involving the head and neck
35% involving the upper extremities
31% involving the lower extremities
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.