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Study Reviews A Pain Reporting Tool for School-Aged Baseball Pitchers

By NASN Profile posted 05-20-2019 15:55

The Journal of School Nursing June 2019 article "A Pain Reporting Tool for School-Aged Baseball Pitchers" is the focus of the latest JOSN podcast.

Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below, listening to the author podcast and reading the full-text article.

Rates of injury to school-aged athletes are of concern to pediatric providers and can be prevented when players, coaches, and parents recognize and address pain. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the use of a pain-reporting tool. In this study, 34 baseball players aged 10–16 years reported pain surrounding 135 separate pitching experiences. Those participating in another sport on the same day as pitching rated pain intensity as significantly higher than those who did not. Approximately 19 pitches were thrown before participants noticed pain. Ice and analgesics were used appropriately to manage pain. School nurses are well positioned to discuss pain reporting and common injuries with young athletes, parents, and athletic coaches. Sharing proactive ways to elicit information about pain is suggested. Implications for future research include the study of young athlete experiences with pain and development of educational initiatives regarding the importance of reporting pain.