American football players are good at keeping their bodies and heads protected with pads and helmets, but unfortunately there’s one area that can sometimes be overlooked—their mouths.
On our American football 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 Use of Mouth Protection in American Football
Mouthguards were first used by European boxers in the nineteenth century. In the late 1940s, they started to gain traction in other sports including American football.
Ultimately, this proved to be a turning point for the game. Prior to the 1950s, dental injuries accounted for over 50% of all injuries American football players suffered. Now, that number has plummeted to less than 3%.
As is the case with most sports, whether or not a mouthguard is formally mandated for American football players depends on where and how they play. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSH) require football players to wear mouthguards, though others do not.
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Our sports pages take an in-depth look at mouthguard use in a variety of contact and non-contact sports such as:
We’ll be adding more sports soon, so stay tuned!
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!
Read more from Makura:
- Makura Appoints Sidelines Sports as Its Exclusive Distributor in Canada
- Safety in Sport: Why Mouthguards Matter in American Football
- 4 Signs That Your Mouthguard Is a Good Fit
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