My kids started playing t-ball this spring with the local township t-ball league. It is so much fun to watch the kids play because most of them do not know what is going on, but the kids learn and have fun while playing t-ball.
Baseball helmets are provided to the 4 and 5 year olds when they are at bat. However, I have noticed that the helmets most kids wear do not fit them properly. They are either too small or too big.
For kids who wear helmets that are too small, the helmets basically just sit on top of their heads and are not pushed all the way down. When the kids are running, they hold on to their helmets so they don’t fall off.
For kids who wear helmets that are too big, the helmets are often moving or turning while the kids are running. Like the small helmets, kids have to hold on to the big helmets so they don’t fall off their heads.
This is very troubling for me as a parent and an injury lawyer because it poses a serious safety issue for the kids. What if a child is hit in the head with a ball while running? They may sustain a head injury because the helmet may not be on the head or protecting the part of the head the ball hits.
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Some may think that I am paranoid and say that the kids are so little so the ball is not going to go anywhere near them because they can’t hit that hard. While most 4 and 5 year old kids cannot hit the ball that hard, no one ever knows when an accident may happen. I have seen one good hitter on each team that can whack the ball pretty hard.
What if a 5 year old can really hit the ball and the ball hits the player that is running to a base with an ill-fitting helmet? The child could have a concussion from being hit with the ball.
Even if the people are right that no kid is going to get hit with the ball, aren’t we setting a bad precedent for the kids? Don’t we want to instill at a young age that safety is important and that they should have the proper safety equipment?
Related sports injury case result - A woman suffers a brain injury due to an ill-filling bike helmet.
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