press release was issued by the "American Academy of Orthopaedic
Surgeons" in New York on October 28, 1997:
YORK - The use of breakaway bases in recreational baseball games could prevent
1.7 million injuries that cost the U.S. about $2 billion a year in heath care
costs, David H. Janda, MD, said here today. It takes 3,500 foot-pounds of force
to dislodge a stationary base, but only one-fifth that amount to move a
quick-release base", Dr. Janda, director of the Institute for Preventative
Sports Medicine, Ann Arbor, Mich., said at Orthopaedics Update '97, the seventh
annual science writers seminar of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
The consumer Product Safety Commission concluded from its Youth Baseball
Protective Equipment Project study that safety bases would be effective in
reducing base contact sliding injuries.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has adopted a position statement which
recommends that breakaway bases be installed on all playing fields.