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Risk Factors

There are intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for injury. Intrinsic factors are a child’s individual musculoskeletal issues, which can include skeletal immaturity (bones and joints that are still developing) or muscle weakness. Extrinsic factors are the environment in which an athlete performs, which can include the level of competition: how much, how hard and how long play lasts.

Other common risk factors for softball injuries include

  • Softball pitchers are not prone to injury any more than other players, however softball pitchers are prone to different injuries.
  • The windmill motion of softball pitching places unique stress on the back, neck, shoulder, forearm, and wrist of the softball pitcher.
  • Most softball injuries are overuse injuries and pitchers are at a risk for this type of injury.

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