Purpose. The purpose of this study was to determine the level of injury prevention activities used by baseball coaches of 13 to 15 year olds. Subjects. Thirty-six baseball coaches of 13 to 15 year olds answered a questionnaire. The sample was one of convenience. Method. Questionnaire. Results and Conclusions. Fifty-two injuries among 487 players were reported. No statistically significant differences were found (p < .05) to demonstrate the effectiveness of warm-up and stretching activities in injury prevention. However, there was a tendency for decreased injuries among those players who used warm-up runs prior to practice. Contrary to the experimenter's predictions, fewer injuries were reported by coaches of players who did not stretch (mean values of 0 vs 1.70). Of the coaches surveyed, 86% reported that their players used stretching techniques, 81% reported that their players stretched their upper extremities prior to both practices and games, 87% reported that their players stretched their lower extremities (LE's) prior to practices, and 84% reported that their players stretched their LE's prior to games.
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