Helmet with Face Guard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants you and your family to
be safe when playing baseball. CPSC announced that softer-than standard baseballs,
safety releases bases, and batting helmets with face guards could significantly reduce
the amount and severity of 58,000 (or almost 36 percent of ) baseball-related injuries
to children each year.
Baseball, softball, and teeball are among the most popular sports in the United States,
with an estimated 6 million children ages 5 to 14 participating in organized leagues and
13 million children participating in non-league play. In 1995, hospital emergency rooms
treated an estimated 162,100 children for baseball-related injuries.
CPSC collected and analyzed data on baseball, softball, and teeball-related injuries to
children to determine specifically how these children were injured and what safety
equipment could prevent such injuries. CPSC found that baseball protective
equipment currently on the market may prevent, reduce, or lessen the severity of
more than 58,000 injuries occurring to children each year.
Softer-than-standard balls may prevent, reduce, or
lessen the severity of the 47,900 ball impact injuries to
the head and neck.
Fact SheetFact Sheet Publication # 329
Batting helmets with face guards may prevent, reduce,
or lessen the severity of about 3,900 facial injuries
occurring to batters in organized play.
Soft Core Ball
Safety release bases that leave no holes in the ground or parts of
the base sticking up from the ground when the base is released
may prevent, reduce, or lessen the severity of the 6,600 base-
contact sliding injuries occurring in organized play.
The U.S.Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from
15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product