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Youth Sports Related Injuries: How to Minimize The Risk

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In May 2013, my eleven year-old son Giovanni was pitching for his little league baseball team in Staten Island, New York. It was the bottom of the fifth inning. He had already struck out two batters and the third batter, about a foot taller than my son, was on deck. Giovanni’s first pitch went right down the middle of the plate. The batter swung and hit, and the ball hit my son in the face.

Giovanni was out cold on the pitcher’s mound. He didn’t even have time to react. When he regained consciousness and opened his mouth to speak, blood came out instead of words, and we realized that he had been hit in the mouth. Both his top and bottom teeth were loosened, and he had several cuts on the inside of his mouth.

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