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Baseball – Summary of Injury Incidence Rates*
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Level of Play
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YouthHigh SchoolCollege/University
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Overall
1.7 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
1.26 to 4.0 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
3.57 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
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Game
2.4 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
3.8 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
5.78 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
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Practice
0.6 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
4.2 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
1.85 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
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*These estimates are based on research that has tracked the number of injuries male baseball players sustained during games and practices. Practices and games are events that are called Athlete Exposures or AE's.
Please note that the Youth category is made up of pre-high school aged athletes.
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References
Radelet, M. A., Lephart, S. M., Rubinstein, E. N., & Myers, J. B. (2002). Survey of the injury rate for children in community sports. Pediatrics, 110(3), e28-e28.

Lyman, S, & Fleisig, G.S. (2005). Epidemiology of Pediatric Sports Injuries. In Caine, D. J., & Maffulli, N. (Eds.). (2005). Epidemiology of pediatric sports injuries (Vol. 48). Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers.

McHugh, M. P., & Tyler, T. F. (2012). Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in High School Softball and Baseball Players. The American journal of sports medicine, 40(9).

Collins, C. L., & Comstock, R. D. (2008). Epidemiological features of high school baseball injuries in the United States, 2005–2007. Pediatrics, 121(6), 1181-1187.

Dick, R., Sauers, E. L., Agel, J., Keuter, G., Marshall, S. W., McCarty, K., & McFarland, E. (2007). Descriptive epidemiology of collegiate men's baseball injuries: National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance System, 1988–1989 through 2003–2004. Journal of athletic training, 42(2), 183.

Hosey, R. G., & Puffer, J. C. (2000). Baseball and softball sliding injuries: incidence, and the effect of technique in collegiate baseball and softball players. The American journal of sports medicine, 28(3), 360-363.
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