There are an average of 3 to 4 deaths per year to children under age 15 in association with baseball (including softball and tee-ball). In 1994, there were an estimated 181,000 baseball-related injuries to this age group. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) data indicate that the rate of injury was higher among 10 to 14 year olds than among 5 to 9 year olds. In 1994, most injuries to 5 to 9 year olds occurred in the head/neck region; injuries to the face accounted for the highest percent. For the 10 to 14 year olds, head/neck and upper limb injuries each contributed approximately 30 to 40 percent of the injuries; injuries to the face and fingers predominated. A CPSC special survey on how these injuries occur is planned.
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