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.
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.