September 18, 2012
Major League Baseball is considering options to better protect players from traumatic brain injuries. FOX Sports News says the league would like to find equipment that protects a pitcher’s face and head when a ball is batted in their direction.
The decision comes just weeks after a pitcher for the Oakland A’s suffered a major athletic injury when he was hit in the head by a ball on September 5. The blow resulted in hours of surgery to stop bleeding on the brain, as well as to treat a skull fracture and brain contusion. Just a month before, Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio was struck by a line drive hit that broke his neck, fractured his skull, and caused brain hemorrhaging.
While little league and high school players are required to wear helmets on the mound and certain professional players have used them when returning to the game after a head injury, the leagues says it is not considering such drastic measures. Instead, they will look into the use of several products that can comfortably fit inside a player’s standard cap.
The Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers at ChasenBoscolo understand that brain injuries have the potential to end a player’s career, and possibly his life. This is why the firm is hopeful that the decisions reached by the committee will have a lasting impression that player’s safety is always of top concern in professional sports.