School mouth guard

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Dental injuries are the most common type of oral facial injury in sport. They can keep players out of sport for a significant amount of time and often prove costly.

The National Health and Medical Research Council and Sports Medicine Australia, officially recommends wearing custom made mouthguards when participating in contact sports.

In order to reduce the incidence and severity of oral facial injuries, Christ Church Grammar School mandate that all boys playing the following contact sports (i.e. Basketball, Rugby, AFL Football, Hockey) wear mouthguards (preferably custom fitted) at ALL  training sessions and at ALL  fixtures, as dental injuries can happen just as easily at training as they can in competition.

SPORT MOUTHGUARD REQUIREMENT
Athletics Not required
Australian Rules Football Mandatory
Badminton Not required
Basketball Mandatory
Cricket Not required
Cross Country Not required
Golf Not required
Hockey Mandatory
Rowing Not required
Rugby Union Mandatory
Sailing Not required
Soccer Preferred
Surfing Not required
Swimming Not required
Tennis Not required
Volleyball Not required
Water Polo Not required

A custom fitted mouthguard, unlike the over-the-counter variety, fits a person’s mouth perfectly. The accurate fit and uniform thickness of the shock absorbing plastic, maximises the shock absorbing effect and can reduce the force of oral facial injuries.

Boys who do not take the school’s advice and purchase a custom fitted mouthguard, train and play at their own risk.

As part of the educative process on oral facial injuries in sport, senior school students have been shown a promotional video on the possible outcomes from facial contact in contact sports.