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.
|Australian Rules Football||Mandatory|
|Cross Country||Not required|
|Water Polo||Not required|
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.