The Weekly Bite - Performance And Protection Spotlights

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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Make Mouthguards Comfortable Again: 3 Secrets To Solve Discomfort

Travis Armideo - Thursday, March 09, 2017

comfortable mouthguardThe biggest complaint that athletes have about their mouthguards is that they’re uncomfortable. And unfortunately, comfort is absolutely vital to both protection and reaching peak performance.

Have you ever had a tag in the back of your t-shirt that irritated you?

Things that cause discomfort -- like an irritating tag -- are very distracting. It’s difficult to play well, let alone at the top of your game, when you’re distracted and uncomfortable.

At the same time, that protective gear is uncomfortable because it doesn’t fit right, and that means it’s not providing the protection it should. These are some major problems; so let’s solve some of these comfort issues: 
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3 Ways Protective Equipment Elevates Your Game To Another Level

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, March 02, 2017

elevate your gameProtective equipment is meant to keep you protected, right? Of course!

But what you may not realize is that the right protective gear is actually able to help you elevate your game.

How are pads, helmets or mouthguards supposed to help you take your game to the next level? Let’s take a look at three ways that proper protection helps to improve your performance on the field, pitch, court or ice: 
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