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The sport of Baseball utilizes all major muscle groups and places an emphasis on foot speed, ability, short burst cardiovascular, and eye-hand coordination. This, in turn, makes baseball a sport where a multitude of injury types are possible.

The majority of the movements required to participate in baseball are short burst and utilize the core muscle groups to be involved. For example, running the bases, swinging at a pitch, and throwing the baseball. This being said, as with any short burst activity, soft tissue injuries can occur when aggressively going from a stationary position to a position of movement. Examples include hamstring pulls, ankle strains, and the like.

In addition, playing baseball also places a varying level of stress on all joints as well, especially the shoulders, elbows, and wrists. For this reason, many of the injuries that occur in baseball involve joints.

Below is a comprehensive list of injury types that occur most often when playing the game of baseball.

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot is a fungus growth that can occur on the feet and rapidly spread when the feet are exposed to a moist warm environment.

Backaches and Stress

Backaches may often occur from excess stress originating from the spine, muscles or nerves of the back region. Backaches due to stress may be a precursor to chronic lower back pain, and should therefore be taken seriously.

Back Sprains and Strains

Back Sprains and Strains are extremely common and can in range in severity from a dull pain to a highly acute sharp pain.

Bursitis of the Elbow

Bursitis of the Elbow typically occurs when the elbow experiences a high force impact or from long term overuse of the elbow joint.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome typically occurs through repetitive movements and is an irritation of the synovial membranes of the wrist and hand.

Cartilage Injuries and Knee Disorders

Cartilage Injuries are related to damage and/or loss of cartilage that cause debilitating pain, stiffness and swelling of the knee area.

Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness

Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness is believed to be due to inflammation caused by muscle damage, however, it is not fully understood.

Finger Fractures

Finger Fractures typically occur from an acute traumatic impact to one of the finger bones, causing it to fracture.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder occurs when the the shoulder joint capsules becomes irritated and inflamed.

Glenohumeral Arthritis

Glenohumeral Arthritis may occur when the glenohumeral articular surfaces of the humeral head or the glenoid are damaged.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome is related to the iliotibial band becoming irritated and inflamed and causing pain throughout the entire knee area.

Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain is quite common and can be reduced by maintaining a healthy weight and strong back, oblique, and abdominal muscles.

Medial Epicondylitis (Little League Elbow)

Medial Epicondylitis (aka Little League or Golfer's elbow) occurs from overuse of the forearm muscles, causing the tendon to tear.

Meniscus Injuries of the Knee

Meniscus Injuries of the Knee are evident by inflammation and pain assocaited with the outside and/or inside of the knee area.

Muscle Cramps

Muscle Cramps typically occur within the muscles of the lower portion of the body and are involuntary muscle contractions and spasms.

Muscle Sprains and Strains

Muscle Sprains and Strains are injuries associated with the ligament that connects bone to bone (Sprain) or connects muscle to bone (Strain).

Muscle Strains of the Back

Muscle Strains of the Back occur when the muscle fibers of the back are overly stretched and/or torn causing acute pain and soreness.

Neck Strain

Neck Sprain injuries are related to overstretching or tearing the neck muscles or the ligaments that connect to the cervical vertebrae.

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Osteoarthritis of the Knee is the degeneration of the cartilage within the knee joint that is located between the femur and tibia bones.

Overtraining Syndrome

Overtraining Syndrome occurs in individuals that do not allow their body the necessary time to recover from an aggressive exercise routine.

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is related to the way the patella tracks and moves along the groove of the femur bone.

Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis Syndrome is defined as the piriformis muscle pressing on the sciatic nerve and is located inside the the pelvis.

Pulled or Strained Calf Muscle

Pulled or Strained Calf Muscle occurs when part of the soleus or gastrocnemius muscles of the lower leg are torn from the Achilles tendon.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis tyically occurs when the rotator cuff muscles and tendons undergo repetitive chronic stress.

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome occurs when the muscles, tendons and the bursa of the shoulder become inflamed and swollen.

Shoulder Instability

Shoulder Instability occurs when the structures surrounding the glenohumeral joint do not maintain the humerous ball within its socket.

Shoulder Separation

Shoulder Separation injuries involve the stretching or tearing of ligaments at the AC joint, where the clavicle bone connects to the scapula.

Stress Fracture of the Foot

Stress Fractures can occur when an overload of stress is placed on the foot, resulting in small fractures of the toe or metatarsal bones.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow can occur through repetitive activity that involves either a constant motion involving the elbow or heavy lifting with the elbow joint.

Torn Rotator Cuff

Torn Rotator Cuff injuries produce considerable pain in the shoulder joint area when attempting to lift, lower, or rotate the arm.

Wrist Sprains

Wrist Strains are the result of an impact that causes the ligaments that connect bone to bone to overstretch and develop minor tears.