Baseball Braces

Baseball Braces

Baseball Braces

Playing baseball may be fun, but it can also lead to certain injuries. Most of these injuries are caused by overuse of the same muscles, such as squatting for extended periods of time if you’re a catcher, or throwing the ball repeatedly at a high speed, or swinging the bat with as much force as you can over and over again. Because of the repetitive nature of baseball-related injuries, most injuries occur during training rather than actual games.

Muscle strains and ligament tears are surprisingly common in baseball, as it is not a contact sport. These usually happen during cases of sliding, diving, and running. To help reduce the likelihood of injuries, athletes are recommended to wear certain baseball braces. Braces are designed to provide support, warmth, and compression, keeping muscles and joints safer and more compact.

Ankle injuries are perhaps the most common baseball-related injuries that can be helped with bracers. There are three reasons why ankle stability is a common danger in baseball:

  • Because baseball players always wear cleats, the foot is often further away from the ground than the player may be used to. This leads to instability and a more dangerous range of motion.
  • The unstable playing surface of a baseball field (especially at the bases and when dirt becomes dislodged) makes it a dangerous area for running at full speed, which most baseball players must do.
  • Constantly rotating around the bases creates a playing surface that puts extra demands on the ankles that athletes in other sports do not experience.

By focusing on braces that protect the parts of the body that are most commonly injured while playing baseball—the knees, the ankles, the shoulders, and the back—both amateurs and professional athletes can prolong their baseball-playing years and improve their stability and protection.