Omaha, NE (June 15, 2015) - It's spring, which means many boys and girls will be heading out onto the baseball diamond to enjoy America's pastime. Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, discusses youth baseball injuries a travel nurse might encounter on spring assignments.
Little league is a common activity in the spring and summer for kids and teens, and although baseball is a relatively safe sport, there are a few injuries a travel nurse might want to keep in mind once the season starts ramping up.
Baseball injuries are increasing, according to a 2012 study published in Sports Health, and approximately 15 million American children and adults play the sport every year. However, researchers concluded that many of these issues are preventable with education, recommendations, and safety rules. It's great for kids to get outside and enjoy physical activity, but parents, teachers, friends, coaches, and family need to make sure that they are doing so in a safe manner.
Common youth baseball injuries
The shoulder and elbow are common areas for injury, and because players might throw the baseball several hundred times per week during games and practices, overuse injuries can often occur. Sprinting between bases and sliding can also contribute to issues in the lower body, specifically the ankle and foot.
According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, "the elbow is under a tremendous amount of stress during the overhand throwing motion," something that is common in all baseball positions, but especially with the pitcher. Both the medial and lateral components of the elbow are compacted by acute stress and pressure, but medial elbow problems are much more common. Rotator cuff problems, tenderness, pain, and an inability to move the joint are all signals that an overuse injury is developing. Rest and ice are excellent ways to keep elbows safe between games.
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About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.