Baseball was invented in the United States in the 1800s. In Ontario, 16 per cent of all residents participate in some type of baseball activity. Males participate at almost twice the rate of females – males, 21.3 per cent; females, 11.3 per cent. There are numerous ways that a baseball player can sustain injury, including pulling muscles and tearing ligaments. Generally catastrophic injuries result from being hit by a ball, a bat, or another player/ inanimate object.
- Do not drink alcohol or use drugs before or during play.
- Wear a helmet when batting, base running, catching and umpiring.
- Wear face shields when batting in hardball to protect the face, eyes, head and neck.
- Boys and men should use equipment that protects their genitals.
- Girls and women should wear chest protectors when batting.
- Use bases that release from their anchor when slid into.
- Practice sliding both head and feet first before trying it in a game.
- Play on level and well-conditioned fields to limit undulating terrain and bounces.
- Avoid playing where there are any physical obstacles such as trees, benches, etc.
- Everyone must stay clear of the batter’s swing.
- Spectators must remain aware of the events of the game at all times.
- Balls that are softer than standard may reduce, limit, or prevent ball impact injuries.