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Safety Bases


ajgartland22

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A new development in baseball, especially in Little League, is the implementation of breakaway "safety" bases that rely totally on friction with the ground to stay in place.  The idea behind them was that younger players, who had not yet perfected sliding, were getting hurt when they slid into a immovable base and hurt themselves from the sudden deceleration of their body.  With their leg (mostly the knee and ankle) bearing the brunt of that force, it would make sense to take every precaution to prevent potentially career altering injuries at such a young age.  The key to breakaway bases is the low coefficient of friction that the base has with the anchor it sits on.  This property allows the base to slide off of its platform with the player, decelerating him over a longer time and distance, therefore reducing the chance of injury on a slide.  Simple yet effective innovations like these make the games we love to play a lot more safer and enjoyable for people of all ages and skill.  

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