Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
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).
Marshall SW, Mueller FO, Yang J, Kirby DP. Injuries in Youth Baseball. JAMA. 2003;290(2):194. doi:10.1001/jama.290.2.194-a