Hospital emergency rooms in the U.S. treat thousands of kids for baseball related injuries. Most of these are head injuries in kids who were not wearing a helmet. Baseball injuries to the head are involved more than any other part of the body.
A gel cap is relatively new tech designed to be worn under a helmet, cap or on it’s own. Caps have been tested and are proven to reduce impact to the head during a collision.
Good quality, double-eared helmets with face masks should be worn to protect the ear and temple region against ball impact. Catchers should also wear a helmet with full face and throat protection. Helmets and safety equipment for catchers have brought about reductions in injuries.
Baseball helmets with masks are becoming increasingly common.
Getting a hit to the head with a ball is one of the most serious injuries a child can suffer playing baseball. Players should wear a batting helmet when batting, running bases, or waiting to bat.