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March 25, 1988

Softball Sliding InjuriesA Prospective Study Comparing Standard and Modified Bases

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Orthopaedic Surgery (Drs Janda, Hankin. and Wojtys) and the Department of Recreation-a Sports (Mr Benedict). University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

From the Section of Orthopaedic Surgery (Drs Janda, Hankin. and Wojtys) and the Department of Recreation-a Sports (Mr Benedict). University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

JAMA. 1988;259(12):1848-1850. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720120052035
Abstract

In a previous retrospective study, base sliding was found to be responsible for 71% of recreational softball injuries. As most injuries occurred following rapid deceleration impact against stationary bases, quick-release (breakaway) bases were evaluated as a means to modify this mechanism of injury. Six hundred thirty-three softball games were played on breakaway-base fields and 627 games were played on stationary-base fields. Forty-five sliding injuries (7%) occurred on the stationary-base diamonds and only two sliding injuries (<1%) occurred on the breakaway-base fields. Implementing the use of breakaway bases in recreational softball leagues could potentially achieve a significant, cost-effective reduction of injuries.

(JAMA 1988;259:1848-1850)

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