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Softball – Summary of Injury Incidence Rates*
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Type of ExposureLevel of Play
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YouthHigh SchoolCollege/UniversityAdult
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Overall
0.10 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
5.6 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
3.37 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
6.9 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
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Game
0.11 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
7.2 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
4.30 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
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Practice
0.07 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
3.9 injuries/
1000 athlete exposures
2.67 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. Also note that there was no research available that separated games and practice injuries, most likely because adult leagues rarely have structured practices.
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References
Agel, J., Olson, D. E., Dick, R., Arendt, E. A., Marshall, S. W., & Sikka, R. S. (2007). Descriptive epidemiology of collegiate women's basketball injuries: National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance System, 1988–1989 through 2003–2004. Journal of athletic training, 42(2), 202.

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.

Janda, D. H., Wojtys, E. M., Hankin, F. M., Benedict, M. E., & Hensinger, R. N. (1990). A three-phase analysis of the prevention of recreational softball injuries. The American journal of sports medicine, 18(6), 632-635.

Pollack, K. M., Canham-Chervak, M., Gazal-Carvalho, C., Jones, B. H., & Baker, S. P. (2005). Interventions to prevent softball related injuries: a review of the literature. Injury Prevention, 11(5), 277-281.

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.

Shanley, E., Rauh, M. J., Michener, L. A., & Ellenbecker, T. S. (2011). Incidence of injuries in high school softball and baseball players.

Spinks, A. B., & McClure, R. J. (2007). Quantifying the risk of sports injury: a systematic review of activity specific rates for children under 16 years. British journal of sports medicine.
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