Can Custom Sports MouthGuards Protect Against Concussion?
In a May 1, 2014 article in the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute, author Paul Stone writes "Mouthguards play several important roles for athletes, especially in aggressive contact sports" (para. 1). Stone goes on to highlight the obvious benefits of protecting the athletes teeth, mouth, and jaw. "However, it may come as a surprise to learn that mouthguards can also reduce the risk of brain injuries for athletes, especially if they are wearing a custom-made mouthguard" (Stone, para. 1).
It doesn't come as a surprise to us. However, as the article states, little evidence supported this statement until a peer reviewed study was published in the May/June 2014 clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry.
The study analyzed 412 high school football players, and found that the 192 of whom were given generic mouthguards suffered twice as many traumatic brain injuries as the 220 athletes whom were given professional sports mouthguards like our ShockShield MouthGuards.
The Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute's article goes on to say “Researchers and, most importantly, parents, are looking for ways to better protect children against concussions,” said lead author in the General Dentristry study, Jackson Winters, DDS, a pediatric dentist who also served as a high school and collegiate football official for 28 years. “Consumers may believe that today’s advanced helmet design provides sufficient protection, but our research indicates that, when compared to over-the-counter versions, a custom-made, properly fitted mouthguard also is essential to player safety" (para 4).
Parents, make informed decisions. Do your research, and fully protect your student athletes by providing the best protection available. You get what you pay for, don't let your child's brain function pay the price. Call Trace Ortho Lab for more information on how a ShockShield sports MouthGuard can protect your children from concussive injury.
Reference: Paul Stone (May, 2014), Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital