Ah, baseball—America’s pastime. Whether you’re a world-class athlete or just throwing around the ball with your kids, baseball is a great sport. But like any sport, baseball can lead to several injuries associated with sudden or repetitive motions like running and throwing. In this article, we’ll explain several of the more common baseball injuries and then discuss what role CBD can play for baseball players.
Common Baseball Injuries
Rotator cuff tear: Most people have probably heard of rotator cuff injuries, which involve the muscles and tendons stabilizing the shoulder joint. They’re one of the more common shoulder injuries. Because the throwing motion involves this joint, rotator cuff injuries are common in baseball—especially among pitchers.
Torn meniscus or anterior cruciate ligament (ACL): Baseball involves a lot of sprinting, planting, and changing direction—all of which can potentially lead to an injury in the stabilizing muscles and tendons around your knee, such as your meniscus or ACL. If those become torn, the resulting injury can lead to pain, swelling, and instability in the knee.
Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury: Your UCL is a ligament attached to the elbow that helps provide stability. But due to the repetitive throwing motions inherent in baseball, it’s not uncommon for this ligament to tear from excess stress. When you experience a UCL injury, you’ll most likely feel pain in the elbow and notice a decrease in throwing accuracy and velocity.
Use CBD to Help You Stay Sharp
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say. In other words, anything you can do to help prevent injuries from happening in the first place can go a long way. It’s far easier to prevent injuries from occurring than it is to recover from them.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. And there’s no way to guarantee that you can prevent an injury from happening. But you can help to minimize your chances of sustaining an injury by making sure your body gets sufficient rest, and ensuring that you’re sharp and focused when you’re out on the field. And full-spectrum hemp extract from Charlotte’s Web can help!
Our CBD products can help you achieve a sense of calm focus.* If you find that everyday anxieties and stresses are becoming a distraction, CBD can help you deal with those stressors so you can focus more fully on the game. If you’re looking to increase your sense of calm, give our Calming CBD Gummies a try.
CBD can help support healthy sleep cycles.* Every athlete needs sufficient sleep to perform at their best and minimize their odds of sustaining an injury. To help support better sleep, check out our CBD Sleep Gummies with Melatonin.
Use CBD to Support Recovery from Exercise-Induced Inflammation
Exercise can lead to a robust inflammatory response, your body sends out its “first responder” cells—such as cytokines—to the areas impacted. These cells trigger an inflammatory response to help respond to muscle injury caused by intense physical activity.
CBD helps reduce exercise-induced inflammation.* This means that taking it on a regular basis can help your body to recover from intense exercise. Our CBD Muscle Recovery Gummies are the perfect choice for any athlete who wants to support recovery from exercise-induced inflammation. The combination of CBD with ginger and turmeric make them a powerful tool to help joint mobility and support recovery from exercise-induced inflammation.*
Our THC-Free CBD† is also an option for baseball players who may be concerned about the presence of THC. Our THC-Free† formula preserves the cannabinoids and beneficial plant compounds present in the hemp plant, as well as CBD.
We hope you never have to deal with one of these injuries. And with the help of a daily CBD routine, you just might find yourself in a better position to prevent them from happening in the first place.
†THC-Free means trace amounts less than 0.01% or 100ppm
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