The fall sports season is upon us and that means tryouts, practices, games and tailgates! So, before your youth athletes head out to football, or other sports activities we want to remind you of some important safety items:
Anyone who participates in a sport where there’s a risk of falling or making head contact with another player or equipment should wear a mouthguard.
- This includes sports such as football, basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, bicycling, skateboarding, gymnastics, and even tennis.
- A mouthguard helps absorb the shock from a blow to the face that might otherwise result in an injury to the mouth or jaw.
- It can limit the risk for chipped or broken teeth, internal damage to a tooth, tooth loss, and even a broken jaw.
- A mouthguard also can protect the soft tissues of your cheek lining, tongue, and lips.
So, now that your athletes have some protection from mouth and jaw injuries…. let’s get to the fields.