Two weeks ago, I got an email from a client saying their son would be out for some time due to a broken finger playing basketball. Then, I received another email saying their son would be out for six weeks due to a snowboarding accident that left the boy’s leg in a cast.
Today, I received a text from another parent sharing their son would be out for as much as two months because of a broken ankle — from being a daredevil on a trampoline.
What’s going on with injuries during baseball season?
I always know it’s baseball season because most of the injuries taking players out usually stem from non-baseball activities. The most frustrating part of all of this is why. Why potentially put yourself in harm’s way during such an important part of the year as a baseball player? Why risk all that hard work you put in leading up to the spring season just to see it go “poof!” and your season potentially gone with it?
It’s not just this year; this is something that happens every year.
Now, I know we can’t predict injuries. Young men tend to be aggressive in nature and in dodgeball games. (Note: I lost a player for three weeks due to a concussion when he was pelted in the head with a dodgeball. You cannot make this stuff up.) We certainly don’t want players to put themselves in a bubble and not have fun. Who thinks they’re going to get hurt playing some pick-up basketball? Life is meant to be enjoyed.
However, if you’re serious about your baseball training, then you have to think ahead about the ramifications when you get involved in another sport where injury rates are high. Snowboarding and skiing are two sports where people are most prone to injury. In fact, my future daughter-in-law just broke her leg snowboarding this past weekend, only nine weeks before the wedding and honeymoon!
Let’s take a closer look at getting back into baseball playing shape if you’re injured. For the player out for eight weeks due to a broken ankle, it will take him 4-6 weeks to get his arm back into throwing shape, possibly eight weeks, barring any setbacks. This means his 8-week injury is now a 16-week injury, which puts his summer status in jeopardy and, potentially, his ability to be seen by colleges during an important summer season. And our player with the broken finger will also need 4-6 weeks to get back into playing shape, which essentially puts his spring season in jeopardy.
The bottom line is that an injury outside of the playing field can also put your throwing arm in harm’s way, particularly if the injured area forces your arm into a vulnerable position. Arm injuries increase by almost 75% when there’s an injury to another area of the body.
So, is the risk worth the reward? In my opinion, NO.
High school coaches will tell you that if you injure yourself during baseball season because you decided to take a day hike up to the local ski resort, just turn in your uniform the next day because you’ll be thrown off the team.
A few years ago, we had a player in this exact scenario. He went snowboarding, hit a tree, and got concussed badly. He knew he was in big trouble, so he lied and said he fell playing basketball. Everyone knew he’d lied, but what could the coach do? That player was shunned by everyone on the team and lost the rest of his spring season due to the concussion.
The risk is not worth the reward.
On a separate note, as we move forward toward summer, you should soon be getting an email from us regarding summer training at Throwzone Academy. We have some BIG plans set up for summertime with new training protocols and hyper-personalized training programs to fit each player’s goals for the summer.
Our summer training begins around the 2nd week of June and concludes at the end of July. It will take place three days a week over an eight week period, with 2.5 hours of training per day to gain velocity, establish quality arm health and care, and carry you through the summer games leading into the next baseball season.
We promise it will be our greatest summer training ever. More details will come this month and will also be added to the Throwzone.com website.
In the meantime, please weigh any risks your son might be taking when it comes to playing an activity outside of baseball during this time of year!
Until next time…