Most Youth Baseball Injuries Are Preventable, Says Author and Doctor Wesley Cox New book Play Ball…Play Safe gives coaches, parents tips for cultivating healthy young athletes

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Just as baseball season is hitting its stride across the country, a new book titled Play Ball... Play Safe is teaching parents and coaches to better cope with the demands on today's young players. Author and doctor Wesley Cox is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has seen an alarming increase in injuries among kids. The most troubling trend is that most all of the injuries are preventable. 



"Today's youth baseball is played much differently that it was a generation ago when today's parents and coaches were kids," Cox said. "The players are bigger, stronger, and faster. The season is longer and the training is more demanding." It's no wonder that the next-generation concepts explained in Play Ball... Play Safe are already receiving wide spread recognition from both renowned physicians and professional athletes. Detroit Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly agrees with Dr. Cox, "Taking care of your body begins younger than we think, and playing at the next level requires that we do it well. Start good habits in youth baseball, and our kids will play longer and better."   

This essential coaches' reference includes pre- and post-game routines, as well as hitting and pitching progression programs. The game's evolution requires focused attention on injury prevention, targeted treatment, and guided rehabilitation. It's imperative that today's young ballplayers maintain their physical and mental health by finding that "sweet spot" between thoughtful preparation and over-training. 

The Arkansas-based surgeon's practical advice includes:
-How to Warm up and Cool Down
-Monitoring the Amount of Play
-Focusing on Fitness
-Recognizing Minor Problems Before They Become Major
-Making sure it's fun... After all, it's still just a game.

Play Ball... Play Safe is on bookshelves now. It's also available at and It can be downloaded on Amazon Kindle or through the iTunes Bookstore. 

About the Author:  Wesley K. Cox M.D.
Dr. Wesley Cox is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon focusing on elbow and shoulder injuries. He works extensively with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes.

The author is available for interview opportunities. Graphics and b-roll will be provided upon request.  Interested Media are encouraged to contact Agency501 at (501) 551-0624.

Twitter: @safeyouthsports

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SOURCE Dr. Wesley Cox


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