Health and Safety
Online Education for Health & Safety
The USA Baseball Online Education Center provides online training courses and programs focused on key aspects of the game of baseball for players, parents, coaches and umpires. The Online Education Center offers many health and safety resources including the free Introduction to Pitch Smart course -- hosted by Hall of Famer John Smoltz -- which aims to explain the principles behind Pitch Smart, a joint arm care initiative between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball.
Basic Arm Care
All baseball players can benefit from proper arm care, not just pitchers. Through correctly caring for their arms, players can stay more active in baseball and have longer lasting careers. Learn the basics of arm care through the resources provided here.
Coaches Lead the Way
Coaches can play a significant role in the lives of their players. Because of this, coaches should lead the way through their own actions to show their commitment to the health and safety of their players. The resources found here cover key health and safety areas coaches should be aware of.
Injuries can happen across all sports. Learn about the most common baseball-related injuries and how to care for them here.
There are many measures that can be taken to make sure all players feel safe in their team environment. The resources provided here aim to help make sure all players have the opportunity to play on a team in which they feel safe and secure.
Heat and Hydration
Because baseball is often played during the hottest months of the year, it is crucial to make sure everyone at the field is staying hydrated. Learn how to check levels of hydration, rehydrate and prevent heat illnesses here.
Proper nutrition can better fuel a player's body for competition. Whether eating a meal or a snack, it is important to get the right nutrients. Learn how to properly fuel up for practices and games through the resources provided here.
The Pitch Smart site has a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers.
Play Sun Smart
Major League Baseball, USA Baseball and all 30 MLB clubs promote sun safety and raise awareness of skin cancer through the Play Sun Smart initiative. Play Sun Smart is a joint effort by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and the American Academy of Dermatology to raise awareness of skin cancer and offer prevention and detection tips to the baseball community.
The Commissioner's Play Healthy Awards
The Play Healthy Awards educate families on the risks of steroids and performance-enhancing substances and recognize youth coaches and student athletes who embody the spirit of teamwork and healthy, drug-free competition.
Want to know what substances are prohibited for baseball players? Learn more about Major League Baseball's standards on prohibited substances here.
Over the counter supplements can sometimes be mislabeled. Learn more about supplements here to make sure you know what to look for to maintain playing eligibility and your health.
The Mental Game
Along with being physically prepared for competition, athletes should be mentally prepared as well. The mind can be a powerful asset for athletes if focused correctly. The resources provided here can aid in mental training and preparation.