The great thing about sports is that there are so many different kinds. Some sports are super competitive at the high school and collegiate level, whereas other youth sports are more for fun. Softball is one of the middle-of-the-road sports that can go either way. Lots of youth leagues, high school teams, and even adult recreational teams exist for softball. There’s even an NCAA Division 1 Softball League and the Women’s Professional Fastpitch, which is the official professional softball league in the US. While these aren’t quite as popular as some other professional sports leagues, the people who play in them give their heart and soul. This unfortunately sometimes results in softball injuries.
Don’t be fooled – the game may be called “softball” but the injuries sustained by softball players are anything but. Some of the most common injuries in softball include:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Medial ulnar collateral ligament injuries (Tommy John)
- Shoulder pain (Dead Arm syndrome)
- Elbow pain
Although less common, there are also other injuries softball players tend to get, including:
- Wrist tendonitis
- Pitcher’s elbow
- ACL, LCL, MCL, PCL injuries or tears
- Ankle sprains
- Low back pain
Softball is intense. It involves a lot of running, fast directional changes, quick stops, and loads of power to pitch the ball, and a ton of wrist mobility for catchers. Regardless of whether you’re playing at the youth or collegiate level, it’s absolutely essential to play the game safely so you stay protected against softball injuries. That said, in the event that you get injured from playing softball, you need to have a reliable sports injury physical therapist you can call. Enter Next Level Physio. Call us at 201-746-9966 and we’ll rehab your baseball injury to get you back to the diamond ASAP.