How to Be the Best Baseball Mom on the Field
There’s something about baseball that calls on kids of all ages to step up to the plate. But moms on the sideline often worry about the risks of injury out on the field. Errant pitches, collisions, and runaway bats are all worrisome, but with a few deep breaths (and a few tips) you can be the best baseball mom on the field.
– Make sure the gear is good
When your kids are playing baseball, be sure they have proper batting helmets on when they’re around the field. Ideally, the ones with chinstraps are best to keep them firmly in place. You can also find them with eye shields and face guards for added protection. The right cleats and protective cups (for the boys) should also be worn even in the dugout. Batting gloves, shin guards, and sliding pants are optional but may provide an extra measure of protection and less worry for you.
– Ensure your kids are in shape
Injuries don’t just happen when a runaway ball falls from the sky. Help your kids prevent injuries before baseball games by doing warm up exercises and stretches. If your kids feel any pain, make sure you get them checked out before allowing them to play.
– Be extra careful with pitchers
If you have a pitcher in the family, make sure they follow the league rules. It’s usually 4 to 10 innings per week. Any child under 14 shouldn’t pitch more than 1,000 pitches per season or 3,000 per year. Additionally, pitchers need about 3 months off per year from sports that require overhead arm movements. Without these precautions, your little baseball player could sustain an injury that may put them out all season, if not permanently, from the sport.
– Encourage safety first
Help your child play baseball safely by showing them what to look for and practicing on and off the field. Sliding can pose a danger too so make sure they know what they’re doing.
– Know the field
All fields should be properly designed for baseball and in good condition. If your practice field has fixed bases, that’s not a good sign for playing there.
– Bring your first-aid kit
Part of being the best baseball mom is being prepared. While the coaches will certainly have first-aid available, it doesn’t hurt to have your own kit just in case.
– Focus on proper rest and nutrition
On and off the field, eating right, hydrating, and getting enough sleep are important components to baseball safety. Be sure your child is managing these aspects of their health so they can reduce risk of injury.
Speaking of reduced injury risks, our physiotherapists can come to your home to help your baseball player work through previous injuries and prevent them too. We also offer in-home massages with our massage professionals who will make sure all baseball moms get the chance to relax and feel better through improved muscle movement and circulation. Schedule an appointment today!