You don?t have to surf the internet for very long before you find that many of Canada?s top Olympians wear custom fit mouth guards to protect themselves from facial injuries and the potential damaging long term effects of concussions. From Alex Bilodeau and his Alpine Canada teammates to the gold medal winning men?s and women?s hockey teams and all our internationally recognized men and women in bobsled, luge and skeleton, custom made and customized mouthguards were critical pieces of personal protective equipment that helped our athletes own the podium.? It?s not unusual to have children emulate their sports idols, and having elite athletes wear custom mouth guards (like the kind that Victory Mouthguards manufactures), enhances the message that dentists have been sending out for some time now.? That message of maximum protection without compromising performance is one that the Canadian Dental Association also aggressively proclaims.? “I think it’s aimed at everybody that’s involved in a sport that can cause facial injury,” says CDA president Dr. Don Friedlander, “but most importantly with the young people [is] to get them used to wearing mouth guards and understanding that, you know what, their heroes wear them, it’s cool to wear one, it’s smart to wear one.
Any sport that involves high speed and the potential for collisions (like skiing, speed skating, bobsled, luge, and skeleton) can result in serious injury to the teeth/face.? Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, says the organization started requiring its elite athletes to wear mouth guards while training and competing about a decade ago.? “First and foremost, we strongly recommend that mouth guards are used at any level, particularly at those younger levels, because being less-skilled athletes, the propensity or the probability that something can happen is higher.”
The number of sports-related concussion sustained every year is distressing. The University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery states that in the United States alone 300,000 sports-related concussions occur annually.? Although there isn?t direct evidence that custom fit mouth guards reduce concussion injuries from blows sustained to the sides of the head, there is certainly mounting evidence to suggest that custom fit guards help absorb a lot of the impact that can result in concussions when a blow to the front of the head (face) occurs.
Custom fit mouthguards aren?t bulky or difficult to get used to.? In fact, many athletes customize these to make them part of their signature gear.? Check out Victory Mouthguards photo gallery of custom ?guards on our website and Facebook to get an idea of what?s possible!