What Every Parent, Coach and Athlete Should Know About Sports Safety
A child’s mouth and face can easily be injured if the correct precautions and equipment aren’t used during organized sports. In fact, sports-related injuries are the leading cause of emergency room visits in 12- to 17-year-olds according to the Center for Disease Control.
To help educate parents, coaches, and kids, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has teamed up with Jennifer Montana, wife of football great Joe Montana and the mother of two sons who play football, to urge athletes to “play it safe” by wearing mouth guards and other appropriate protective gear when participating in many sports and activities.
• Wear mouth guards for contact sports. Mouth guards can help prevent jaw, mouth and teeth injuries and are less costly than repairing an injury.
• Wear a helmet. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact.
• Wear protective eyewear. Eyes are extremely vulnerable.
• Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin. Hockey pucks, basketballs, and racquetballs can do severe damage.