Baseball Injuries

Case Studies, by Type, in the Major Leagues


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About the Book

In baseball, injuries to players fall into two main categories: overuse and traumatic. Over 162 games, repetitive pitching and batting motions and the stress of base running can damage joints, bones, and soft tissues, making overuse injuries the most common. Traumatic injuries like beanings, sliding injuries, and concussions, while less frequent, add to the DL list each year. This work explores the various types of injuries in baseball and provides case studies of individual player injuries to demonstrate the cause of injuries, the different treatment options, and the effect of injuries on a player’s career. Throughout, discussions show the link between injuries and innovations in the game, like the batting helmet and padded outfield walls, and innovations in medicine, such as Tommy John surgery.

About the Author(s)

W. Laurence Coker, M.D., is a family physician in Kansas.

Bibliographic Details

W. Laurence Coker, M.D.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 304
Bibliographic Info: 42 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6868-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9246-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 6

Part I. Overuse Injuries

 1. Shoulder 9

 2. Blood Vessel Injuries Including Blood Clots of Shoulder Area 40

 3. Elbow Injuries 58

 4. Wrist and Hand Injuries 90

 5. Ankle and Foot Injuries 102

 6. Stress Fractures 112

 7. Neck, Back, Spine and Disc Injuries 126

 8. Arthritis and Labral Tears in Hip 138

 9. Acute Muscle, Connective Tissue and Tendon Tears 143

Part II. Traumatic Injuries

10. Sliding Injuries 159

11. Collisions Between Players, Non-Sliding 174

12. Collisions with Objects on Field 185

13. Getting Hit by a Bat 192

14. Traumatic, Bizarre, Unusual Injuries 201

15. Impact Injuries by Baseball 210

16. Impact Injuries Caused by Batted Ball 228

17. Head Concussions 241

Conclusion: Careers Resisting Injury 251

Appendix: Tommy John Surgery List 261

Notes 263

Bibliography 288

Index 291