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Discussion: safety masks

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June 28, 2013
86 posts
safety masks
We had a bad injury in our rec league. 50 and over age. One of our pitchers was hit in the face with a line drive. The mask he was wearing was plastic and shattered. He sustained cuts to his face (12 stitches) a broken orbital bone and a detached retina. He has lost vision in his left eye. I know some pitchers will not wear masks, and that is up to the individual player. But if you pitch and wear a mask make sure to get the best you can,whatever the cost. It seems like some of these plastic masks are unsafe. Stay safe and good luck to all.
June 28, 2013
Men's 60
322 posts

I'm sad to hear that your pitcher lost the use of one of his eyes. Pitching uh and he was wearing a Mask, so he really thought that he was protecting himself from any harm to his face. Buying unproven equipment can change your life. What were the Spec for the Mask
I just started pitching for a Rec League who has alot of young Men who don't give a damn about going middle. So my wife said if you want to play you have got to wear a Mask. So I brought a La Cross Helmet and face guard. Personally I needed the helmet just as much as the Face Guard. Having suffered 5 concussions over my life time and the last one being the worst. I can't afford to have another head injury. Vertigo comes and goes, motion pills are a must.
The Pitcher is the Position that has more and the worst injuries of any position the field. Guys look at the Pros, they don't wear Plastic Mask. The ball is thrown at 90 to 100 miles per hr. at 90ft. to the catcher. The ball comes off the bat is 95+ miles per hr. 50ft back as us and we have a plastic face guard on. Metal or Plastic, I'm taking Metal any day of the week.
I really do need these good looks in my line of work.
June 28, 2013
mad dog
Men's 65
4149 posts
i use the rip-it is metal and like it better than the plastic ones....also worth makes a pitching helmet with the face guard being kennard says any of the la cross or full catchers helmets are real good....i just can't see me trying to use a plastic mask.....
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