Baseball and Softball

  • Tim Dutra


Baseball and softball are very popular sports at all levels of play and are considered limited contact sports. Recreational players typically have a poor level of conditioning, and many softball players will play well into their adult years. The evolution of baseball and softball cleats has basically followed the same pattern as football and soccer shoes. Surfaces are natural or artificial turf in the field and dirt or clay on the infield base paths. Metal cleats are primarily for high school, college, and professional players; however, metal cleats are allowed in some junior and senior divisions in Little League Baseball. In recent years there has been an explosion of female participation in softball leagues from youth through professional teams.


Baseball shoes and orthoses Softball shoes Baseball cleats 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Dutra
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  1. 1.Student Health ServicesCalifornia State University, East BayHaywardUSA

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