Many people argue that softball is not a contact sport. Usually when these people are against the classification, they are opposed to the idea that it is an aggressive sport where bodily contact is intentional. However, when people think of contact sports, they typically consider contact in opposition to be part of the game. Softball is unique in that there is no intentional contact in the game. The only player that is allowed to make contact with the ball is the pitcher. Coaches are responsible for teaching their players proper techniques for all aspects of the game. If an improper swing results in a passed ball or wild pitch, it is ruled as a dead ball.
However, when a player commits an error or goes out of the field to catch the ball, then contact with another player is allowed. All players must wear safety gear including a helmet and a chin strap.
However, there is contact in the game. Softball players will collide and sometimes hit each other. While it is not intentional and they do not intend to harm their opponent, this contact is called “pitching”, and therefore, is intentional. This is because the goal of the game is to score runs, and it is often considered just as important to keep the opposing team from scoring runs. If this were not the case, there would be no reason to pitch at all.
Sometimes, while there is no intentional contact in softball, it can lead to injury. The most common injury in softball is an ankle sprain. Athletes sometimes collide into each other while running and fall, or while attempting to avoid collisions, such as sliding into the base path.
Another common injury is a quadriceps strain. This occurs when an athlete falls and lands on the injured leg, causing muscles to tear. If not addressed correctly, this can lead to a complete tearing of the quadriceps tendon.
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