Baseball catchers have one of the toughest jobs in professional sports. The only worst job is being a hockey goalie. The best illustration of this is J.R. Towles of the Houston Astros. He ended up with chin stitches due to a pitch bouncing off the ground and slamming into his chin.
Yep, a freak injury.
What are the most common catcher injuries in baseball?
1) Knee injuries: Due to the constant squatting position on the knees, catchers are more susceptible to prevalent knee injuries such as torn cartilage, strains or sprains.
2) Shoulder inflammation: On almost every play, catchers have to throw the ball to the pitcher from a squat position putting more pressure on their shoulder cavities. This constant pressure leads to inflammation among the ligaments and muscles.
3) Foot bruises: Also called foot contusions, these are bruises on the foot. You might think these happen most when a hit ball lands on top of the foot, but you would be wrong. Most of the time it happens when someone lands on the foot while running.Read reviews of real products and movies. No fake stuff.
4) Sprained elbows: Due to the number of times a catcher must return the ball during the season, the elbow sees a ton of use. If not properly trained, the arm will put additional pressure on the elbow joint leading to a sprain.
5) Concussions: It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it is spectacular. It being the collision between a catcher and base runner. This is what causes 90% of all concussions suffered by catchers.
Again, catchers are fabulous athletes, but they run the risk of injury every single play.