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What health problems or injuries typically affect baseball pitchers?

What health problems or injuries typically affect baseball pitchers?

Muscle strain: Pitchers put a great strain on the shoulder and elbow and wrist joints and these are frequently strained and injured. Pitchers usually have an elaborate routine to protect these and much physical therapy to maintain them. The only other thing that happens to them is the rare times they might get directly struck with a baseball that is batted or thrown or a broken bat ...Read more

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Why are hamstring injuries common in baseball?

Why are hamstring injuries common in baseball?

Sudden bursts: Are common when running out ground balls or taking an extra base. It can result in an overstressing o the hamstring and often a calf muscle too. ...Read more

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How should I prevent or reduce baseball injuries?

How should I prevent or reduce baseball injuries?

See below: Warm up, warm up, warm up, stretch out, stretch out, stretch out and don't overextend your capabilities. Too many people, especially adults don't warm up and stretch out long enough and thoroughly so to loosen up the muscles, tendons, ligaments so to reduce the risk of injury - this is the "so called weekend warrior." so, prepare yourself. ...Read more

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What can be done for baseball injuries in the elbow?

What can be done for baseball injuries in the elbow?

Throwing injuries: Are common in baseball players. The first step is to stop throwing and get a specific diagnosis. The next stepa will be determined by the severity of the injury and the age of the patient. Make sure you seek out a sports medicine doc with experience treating throwing injuries. ...Read more

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What should I do about pain in my elbow after batting practice (baseball)?

What should I do about pain in my elbow after batting practice (baseball)?

Ice.: Ice the elbow for 20 minutes at a time, 3-4 times per day. Take an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication. Try this for a week and see if your better. If not, then see on orthopedic elbow specialist. ...Read more

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Today the first temp outside is 85+. My ankles swell up like baseballs. Why?

Today the first temp outside is 85+.  My ankles swell up like baseballs.  Why?

Heat causes blood: Vessels to widen or dilate thus promoting blood flow and swelling to our extremities especially our feet and ankle. Some people are more prone than others. Other possibilities include arthritis, heart, liver and kidney problems. I'd suggest that u see your dr for a comprehensive check up to be sure your vital organs are in tip top shape. Take care! ...Read more

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I didnt stretch before my baseball game and I pulled a musle in my back should I use ice or heat and how do I heal?

I didnt stretch before my baseball game and I pulled a musle in my back should I use ice or heat and how do I heal?

Acute injury: Ice is best to help reduce swelling and inflammation initially. Some people find that heat helps increase motility and relieves pain afterwards, especially after periods of rest such as sleep. NSAIDs such as Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) every 6-8 hours are also frequently advised. ...Read more

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My name I Jacob and I am 16. I am a sophomore baseball pitcher and I have been having pain in my inner elbow. Can you help?

My name I Jacob and I am 16.  I am a sophomore baseball pitcher and I have been having pain in my inner elbow.  Can you help?

If you're: Playing travel ball also need to follow published guidelines for maximum number of pitches during short periods and annually, rest elbow until get evaluated ...Read more

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I have a bug bite (not sure what bit me overnight) that became hard, hot and itchy, and swelled up to baseball size in 8 hours. What do I do?

I have a bug bite (not sure what bit me overnight) that became hard, hot and itchy, and swelled up to baseball size in 8 hours. What do I do?

Several things: It sounds like you may have had a local allergic reaction to an insect bite. For the itching, you can take an antihistamine (Benadryl, Claritin, (loratadine) Allegra, etc) & apply 1% hydrocortisone cream to the area 2 x's a day as needed. Applying a cool compress may offer relief. If the swelling or redness or spreads or worsens, this could suggest infection & you should see your doctor. ...Read more