Gunnar Sandberg was hit in the head by a baseball and is in critical condition. Now state lawmakers are calling for a ban on metal bats. Our pediatrician weighs in.
On March 11, 16-year-old high school baseball pitcher Gunnar Sandberg was hit in the left temple by a baseball when a batter using a composite metal bat slammed a line drive into Gunnar's head.
Surgeons removed part of Gunnar's skull and put him in a medically induced coma until last Friday to alleviate swelling of his brain, and Gunnar had a brain scan on Monday. He remains in critical condition at Marin General Hospital in Calif.
Assemblyman Jared Huffman introduced a bill Thursday that would ban aluminium and alloy baseball bats for the next three years, pending further studies on the safety of the bats, reports NBC.
Pediatrician Dr. Alanna Levine is also in favor of fitting pitchers with helmets. "There has been some discussion about whether or not pitchers and infielders should wear helmets and protective mouth gear, because if a child is hit by a baseball, it is more likely to affect the head and teeth than other parts of the body," she says. "That is something that I feel needs further investigation."
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