Today, over 1.5 million people in countries around the world play ice hockey. It can be a thrilling and fast-moving game to take part in, but without the right protection (mouthguards included), it can also be dangerous.
The average ice hockey puck weighs about 70 grams and, even when coming off the stick of a younger player, can move at speeds in excess of 100km/h. Put simply, that can do a lot of dental damage should your unprotected teeth happen to get in its way.
On our ice hockey page, we take a closer look at how mouthguards have been and are used in the sport before talking about how you can go about choosing the mouthguard that will be right for you. This blog previews some of the information we share on the page, so keep reading to learn more.
A Look at the History of Face and Mouth Protection in Ice Hockey
In ice hockey’s early days, players didn’t wear very much (if any) protective equipment. Even facemasks didn’t become commonplace until at least the 1960s. As games got faster and hits harder, however, the need for players to keep themselves properly protected increased.
Mouthguards are now commonly used by players of all ages. Often they’re required, but even when they’re not people still choose them. 90% of National Hockey League players in North America, for example, use a mouthguard even though the NHL doesn’t mandate them.
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Finding the right mouthguard for you and your sport is a very individual process and, at the end of the day, the right mouthguard is the one that fits you best, has the features and technology to keep you safe, and boasts the certifications to prove it.
Whatever sport you play or level you are at, we encourage you to take safety into your own hands (or mouth) and keep yourself protected by choosing to use a mouthguard.
At Makura Sport, our mission is simple: to provide you with mouthguards that exceed expectations and make us the protection of choice for athletes around the world. Contact us today to learn more!
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