5 Safety Tips for Backyard Baseball

Baseball is a fun backyard sport -- just make sure you can’t break anything when you hit! See more baseball pictures. Blend Images/John Lund/Marc Romanelli/Getty Images

Baseball and backyards go together like hot dogs and buns. But America's favorite pastime is, somewhat surprisingly, one of America's most dangerous sports for kids. While the rate of baseball-related injuries is lower than for contact sports like football or hockey, the severity of baseball injuries — more fractures, for example — is actually higher than for other kids' sports [source: Warner].

The good news is that backyard baseball can be both fun and safe as long as you're aware of the most common safety mistakes. We've assembled a list of basic backyard baseball safety tips to keep a great summer tradition alive while keeping families out of the emergency room.