In 2006, a Tiny Little League pitcher, Steven Domalewski, was hit in the head by a line drive baseball off a metal bat.

The outcome left him in a coma with a prognosis of no recovery beyond a vegetative state.

Thanks to the work of Dr. Philip DeFina, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of the International Brain Research Foundation (IBRF), and his team of specialists, Steven is on the path to recovery.

Dr. DeFina’s treatment group utilized electrodes on Steven Domalewski’s forearm to boost oxygen flow to his brain, a process that gave him the ability to flex his bicep on command. Now, Steven can stroll from his bedroom to the bathroom with the minor assistance from his father, which is a huge achievement considering Steven’s trauma was considered irreversible.

Stories like Steven’s are all too common. But what’s worse, is that they are preventable.

Baseball Caps simply do not offer the type of protection needed for the sport today.

Metal baseball bats can smack a ball faster, further, and harder than most wooden bats. They are also lighter, which means athletes can swing the bat more quickly.

The technology will only get better. This is an issue, since batters can connect with baseballs much faster. Pitchers and fielders cannot react quickly enough to dodge a line-drive hit only seconds after the ball is pitched, which means injuries, like Steven’s, may become more common.

Football has already faced repercussions for the influx of concussions and serious injury resulting from punt returns, and because of that they have had to make changes to that portion of the game. We do not want the same thing to happen to baseball.

Baseball is the classic American pastime and can be preserved by one additional measure: wearing your Ball Cap Liner. 

We do not want to see more injuries, like the one Steven Domalewski is still recovering from, affect our athletes, children, and parents of athletes. If you had the chance to protect your child from a life-changing injury wouldn’t you take it?

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