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July 9, 2003

Injuries in Youth Baseball

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(2):194. doi:10.1001/jama.290.2.194-a

In Reply: We agree with Dr Danis that estimates of injury incidence based on insurance data should be interpreted with caution. However, we stand by our conclusion that there is a low rate of injury in youth baseball. In a 3-year study of 100 high schools in North Carolina, the injury rate for baseball was 1.5 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.3-1.7) per 1000 athlete-exposures.1 This was lower than the overall injury rate of 2.3 (95% CI, 2.2-2.4) per 1000 athlete-exposures for the 12 sports studied and well below the rate for football (4.2 per 1000 athlete-exposures; 95% CI, 4.0-4.4).

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