Softball is a game that involves various rules. It is considered as a dynamic sport and players can get injured while playing both offense and defense. The common injuries when this sport is played typically involve the ankle, shoulder, knee, hands and fingers. Due to the likelihood of injuries while playing this sport, the use of proper gear and equipment as well as taking safety precautions can prevent softball injuries.
Sprains particularly those that affect the ankles are quite common in softball. These ankle sprains often occur when a player runs and accidentally twists his/her foot, whether running towards the base or playing defense. Always remember that an ankle sprain or even a fracture can also result due to sliding into a base too hard, thus putting too much pressure to the bone. Ankle braces are used in order to provide added stability when running while at the same time helping prevent injury. In any first aid course that involves sports injuries, the application of ice is an initial first aid measure for this injury.
Injuries to the shoulder
Shoulder injuries typically occur among the pitchers. Due to the constant rotation of the shoulder, pitching injuries can include tendinitis as well as severe rotator cuff tears. This is the reason why proper warm-up is vital and players must avoid overusing the arm and shoulder muscles in order to minimize the chances of injury.
Since softball is a physical sport, it can cause strained muscles. The throwing during the game can lead to a strained arm if it is not properly warmed-up. The player can also strain his/her leg muscles while running. Of course, proper warming up and stretching before a game is vital.
During the game, when players slide into the bases or dive for balls, they often experience abrasions particularly on the upper legs. In case a player dives back to the base, he/she can also scrape his/her elbow or palms. During softball, the players must use sliders which are cushioned guards worn around the knee and leg to prevent abrasions. Battling gloves are also recommended while on the base in order to prevent abrasions on the palms.
Injuries to the hands and fingers
When playing softball, players can sustain injuries to the fingers while fielding or not properly catching a softball. Always remember that a batted softball is unpredictable and can bounce and injure the hand of a player who is not wearing gloves. On the other hand, even a gloved hand is not free from injuries particular the catchers when the pitchers throws too hard. Using a more cushioned glove can help prevent injuries to the hands and fingers.
Contusions or bruises can occur in any part of the body during softball. This can be caused by sustaining a blow from a softball when the ball is hit by a batter, thrown or pitched. Take note that contusions can also occur if a ball strikes the player in the face as well as in cases when players collide in the field.