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Baseball and Softball summit works to lessen injuries among student athletes


Spring training is still a couple months away, but the Mayo Clinic sports medicine department is gearing up early for the season.

On Saturday, they hosted a baseball and softball summit to delve into overuse injuries among players.

Physicians, coaches, athletic trainers and physical therapists, examined new research into overuse injuries, while taking a look at current treatment and surgical options, the bio-mechanics of baseball and softball athletes and coming up with ways to prevent severe injuries.

Overuse injuries occur in various sports, but some injuries are unique to specific sports, such as baseball and softball.

"There's a lot of different variables and being able to be here to talk about the different variables and what we can do to improve those, I think gives us the best chance to hopefully correct some of these things. So that we're not seeing those astronomical numbers of our youth going underneath the knife at 14 or 15 to do a Tommy John surgery," said the Head of Mayo Clinic Baseball and Softball Programs, Dan Christoffer.

Doctors say athletes who use a lot of overhead arm motion are at risk of tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow, or developing labrum lesions in the shoulder.

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