Around
the country, participation in youth sports is rising. It is estimated
that up to 25 million children are now participating in competitive
sports. Unfortunately, this means that injuries are also increasing,
with sports-related injuries accounting for over one-third of all
unintentional injuries to children.
The
American Dental Association reports that up to 20% of these injuries
are to the jaw, teeth, or face. More than 5 million teeth are avulsed
every year due to sports, and many of these cases can be attributed
to not wearing a mouth guard. The National Youth Sports Foundation
for Safety states that an athlete is 60 times more likely to
sustain damage to their teeth when they aren’t wearing a
properly-fitted athletic mouthguard.
Mouthguards
are essential in providing protection to more than just the teeth.
Researchers have found that the mouthguard provides several
functions, including:
  • Prevention
    of tooth fractures and dislocations.
  • Prevention
    of damage to the lower jaw.
  • Reduce
    neurological injury by acting as a shock absorber.
  • Provides
    postitive reinforcement in prevention of neck injuries.
  • Concussion
    prevention
Having
a mouth guard is not enough, however. To reap the full benefits, the
mouthguard should be comfortable, properly-fitted, and resilient.
Don’t use a stock mouthguard – instead opt for a “boil and
bite” model or have one custom made by a professional dentist.
Whichever type you select, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s
instructions carefully to ensure optimal protection.
Mouthguards
are most commonly used in contact sports such as football and rugby,
but experts also recommend using them in less-violent sports such as
basketball, soccer, and even volleyball.
Insports
provides athletes of all ages a place to play the sports they love.
Located in Trumbull, CT, we are home to the area’s largest indoor
turf field and multiple hardwood courts. We offer a variety of youth
and adult sports leagues year-round, learn more by visiting our website. And remember – stay safe.
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