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Approved Composite Bats

As an important service to the 3 million athletes and nearly a million adult volunteers in the scores of countries throughout the globe where Little League Baseball prospers, a Licensing Program plays an important part in the quality of play. Particularly in the area of playing equipment, Little League Baseball has clear and comprehensive specifications both in the Little League Rule Book and in it's established equipment specifications.
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Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports

It’s Better to Miss One Game Than the Whole Season

To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.
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Articles and Resources on Heart Guard/Shield Chest Protection

The following are links to outside resources, articles, and online videos on the usefulness of chest protection for all young ballplayers.



Teamwork proves vital as Little Leaguer revived

Young batter hit by pitch in Colonie suffers rare heart stoppage, but quick response makes the difference
By Pete Iorizzo - Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The heart of an 11-year-old Little League baseball player started beating again Monday evening moments after he was hit by a pitch and nearly died at home plate. The boy was batting in a Colonie Little League game at Cook Park when he was struck by a pitch and crumpled to the dirt. The pitch had hit him in the chest and stopped his heart. A coach and police officer performed CPR before a defibrillator brought the boy back to life. He was recovering Tuesday at Albany Medical Center, police and coaches said.
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Tufts University E-News Article: Doctor Plays Hardball With Mysterious Disorder

Tufts University - Dr. Mark Link is working on research which could help prevent rare heart injury from killing more young athletes.

Boston [08.02.04] While reading an article in the New England Journal of Medicine nine years ago, Dr. Mark Link first learned of a mysterious disorder linked with the deaths of dozens of young baseball players. Hit by balls during games, the otherwise healthy players dropped dead of heart failure. Link - an expert in cardiology and a softball lover - wanted to find out why. Many hope the Tufts graduate's latest research, which he plans to publish this fall, will prevent future fatalities.

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Video: Heart-Gard Chest Protection

MYFOXNY.COM - The Heart-Gard is a device designed to be worn by child athletes over their chest to protect them form injury. The device, if properly worn, should reduce ball impact to areas covered by the device, but will not necessarily prevent all injuries, according to the manufacturer.

The Heart-Gard is small in size, yet provides a rigid plate over the vital area of the heart. A Heart Gard is made of padded plastic that is supposed to be shatterproof. It is thicker in the center and is designed to reduce impact and transfer the force from the hit away form the heart.

Many leagues and teams require athletes to wear the device. You can buy it at sporting good stores such as Modell's, Dick's Sporting Goods, or Sports Authority.