The Weekly Bite - Performance And Protection Spotlights

Protective Equipment: How Long Should Your Mouthguard Last?

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, August 03, 2017

Like all athletic equipment, mouthguards take some wear and tear over the course of a long season. And because the mouth is an especially harsh environment, your mouthguard may take even more of a beating than things like shoulder pads or your helmet.mouth guards

The question is, how long does your mouthguard last? Should you replace it each year like some of your other gear?  
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Protect Your Protection: How To Properly Clean Your Mouthguard

Travis Armideo - Thursday, July 06, 2017

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but your mouthguard gets fairly dirty. After all, it does mostly reside in your mouth -- and we know that isn’t the cleanest environment.mouth guard

Your mouthguard is a great place for any food or bacteria stuck in your teeth to end up. And that may be detrimental to your mouthguard and your health. 
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Are You Using Approved Protection? Make Sure You Read This!

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, June 15, 2017

FACT: mouth guardThe American Dental Association and the Academy for Sports Dentistry recommend a professionally made, properly fitted custom mouthguard for all contact and collision sports.

FACT: The Academy for Sports Dentistry states a custom mouthguard is 1000% more protective than any other type of mouthguard.

FACT: The National Athletic Trainers’ Association recently released a new position statement on dental injuries, including recommendations for both mouthguard effectiveness and mouthguard care encouraging athletes to wear “properly fitted mouthguards during sports activities.” 

Is your player’s protection recommended by national associations and governing bodies? Here’s what you absolutely need to know about mouthguard recommendations:  
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When It Comes To The Best Braces Mouthguard, There’s Really Only One Option

Travis Armideo - Thursday, June 01, 2017

Braces mouthguardYour braces are an expensive and important long-term investment; and that means you need to keep them safe, especially while playing sports.  
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Mouthguards: Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better; Smaller Isn’t More Comfortable

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, May 18, 2017

mouth guardsWhen it comes to protective equipment like mouthguards, there is a widely held belief that bigger is better -- the more padding, the more protection -- and smaller is more comfortable.

However, this is actually a common misconception. 
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Athletes In Non-Contact Sports Need More Protection Than You Think

Travis Armideo - Thursday, May 04, 2017

facial injuryAs an athlete who doesn’t play a contact sport, a mouthguard isn’t that important for you, right?

Wrong.  
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Mouths Are Not Created Equally: Do Your Athletes Have Specific Mouthguard Needs?

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, April 20, 2017

All individuals are unique in their own way -- from different body types and builds, to personalities and identities -- and that means that everyone has their own specific needs.mouth guards

When it comes to athletes, those needs could be extra protection for a specific sport or gear that’s catered to certain comforts. As a coach or athletic trainer, it’s important to help meet the needs of all your players so that they’ll be in a position to succeed. 
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National Facial Protection Month: 3 Tips To Help Protect Your Face

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, April 13, 2017

national facial protection monthIt’s April, National Facial Protection Month, and that means its time to help build awareness for safety in sports!

As we’ve stated in this space many times, athletes have a 33-56% chance of receiving an orofacial injury -- an injury to the mouth or face -- during their playing career. And consider this: a broken or damaged tooth doesn’t heal like a bone meaning lifelong maintenance, appointments and surgeries with a lifetime cost of approximately $20,000 -- to replace just one tooth!

That’s why the American Dental Association, the Academy for Sports Dentistry and the National Athletic Trainers' Association, among others, recommend a professionally-made, properly-fitted custom mouthguard for all contact and collision sports. 
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Is Your Team Prepared For The Playoffs? Here Are 4 Tips For A Deep Run

Travis Armideo - Thursday, March 30, 2017

PlayoffsAs winter quickly turns into spring, it’s the time of year where many sports -- particularly basketball and hockey -- are about to enter their postseasons.

With the playoff push coming up, it’s time to step back and assess your team. What do you need to be prepared for the playoffs? Are there ways to help get your players in the best position possible to make a deep postseason run? 
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Protective Equipment: The Luck Of The Irish Doesn’t Apply To Injuries

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, March 16, 2017

St. Patricks DayTomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! That means it’s time to wear your green, put up shamrock decorations and celebrate the luck of the Irish.

You know what isn’t lucky though: staying injury-free on the field, pitch, court or ice.  
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