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January 13, 1989

Sliding Injuries: The Third Base Coach as Prophylactic-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

JAMA. 1989;261(2):247. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420020099030

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In Reply.—  Drs McClurken and Coyle propose an excellent and viable intervention in the prevention of sliding injuries due to a late decision to slide. In our experience, however, the majority of sliding injuries occur at second base, where a third base coach is not able to communicate readily with the sliding athlete. Theoretically, communication on the base paths can decrease sliding injuries.