Field Hockey

Why Mouthguards Matter in Field Hockey

Field hockey is known for being a fast-paced sport. With arms, legs, and sticks always on the go, it’s all too easy for an elbow, knee, or ball to go rogue and impact an athlete’s face. It’s for that reason that all field hockey players, regardless of age or level, need to keep themselves protected by using the right mouthguard during play.

Approximately

%

of all field hockey injuries affect a players’ faces.

In Australia,

%

Of elite athletes sustained at least one serious orofacial injury during their careers.

Using a mouthguard can reduce the risk by up to

%

that a player will damage their front teeth.

A Brief History of Mouthguards in Field Hockey

The first mouthguards were used by European boxers in the twentieth century, though they didn’t become commonplace until after the McTigue-Sharkey fight of 1927. This match saw McTigue, the clear frontrunner, forfeit early due to a severely chipped tooth and gashed front lip.

After gaining acceptance among boxers, mouthguards started to become more commonplace in other contact sports and have significantly improved player safety over the years. In American football for example, over 50% of all injuries prior to the 1950s involved players’ teeth. Rates of dental injuries among football players nowadays have plummeted to less than 3%.

Today, whether or not mouthguards for field hockey players depends largely on where you play. In the United States, the National Federation of State High School Associations mandates the use of mouthguards for all field hockey players. Other associations like England Hockey recommend them.

Even if your team’s rules don’t require you to wear a mouthguard during play, you can still take your safety into your own hands (or mouth) by choosing to use a mouthguard. Remember, dental and orofacial injuries don’t affect star players alone. They can happen to anyone, which is why you must always keep yourself protected by wearing a mouthguard.

Which Makura Mouthguard Is Best for Field Hockey Players?

Unfortunately the answer to this question isn’t always the most straightforward because, at the end of the day, the right mouthguard is the one that fits you the best.

That being said, there are some characteristics you can keep an eye out for when choosing a field hockey mouthguard:

Fit

A properly fitted mouthguard keeps wearers both comfortable and safe. It should remain securely in place (no clenching required to hold it) even if you jostle it a bit with your tongue, and it shouldn’t make you gag, prevent you from speaking, or inhibit breathing in any way.

Certification

All Makura mouthguards are fully CE certified and have achieved Level 2 and Level 3 Impact Resistance. Our BOIL & BITE® TEPHRA MAX® is Level 3 Impact Resistant, the highest level achievable for mouth-adapted mouthguards, and our braces-compatible LITHOS PRO® is Level 2 Impact Resistant, the highest attainable for ready-made mouthguards.

Features

Look for attributes like gel-based and flexible liners, shock-absorbing outers, and more that are suited to the game you play and how you play it. If you have braces, make sure you choose a braces-compatible mouthguard to keep both you and your braces safe from harm.

Compare Makura Mouthguards

TEPHRA MAX®

  • Boasts the highest level of impact resistance (Level 3) attainable for mouth-adapted mouthguards.
  • Features a SHOKBLOKER® outer, FLEXICORE® inner, and GELFORM® liner for unparalleled shock absorption and comfort.
  • CE approved and certified.
  • Available in one size (senior for ages 11 and over) and three colour combinations.

IGNIS® CONVERTIBLE

  • Is Level 2 impact resistant.
  • Features a SHOKBLOKER® outer and GELFORM® liner for maximum protection.
  • Comes with a strap you can use to attach your mouthguard to your helmet.
  • CE approved and certified.
  • Available in two sizes—senior (ages 11 and over) and junior (ages 10 and under)—and three colour combinations.

TOKA PRO®

  • The TOKA PRO® is Level 2 Impact Resistant.
  • The SHOKBLOKER® outer keeps players safe, while the BOIL & BITE® fit ensures uncompromised comfort.
  • CE approved and certified.
  • Available in two sizes—senior (ages 11 and over) and junior (ages 10 and under)—and six colour combinations.

LITHOS PRO®

  • Is Level 2 impact resistant, the highest achievable for ready-made mouthguards.
  • The ORTHO Channel fits over fixed braces for a secure fit.
  • Features a SHOKBLOKER® body for maximum shock absorption and SLIPSAFE pads that prevent it from slipping while the jaw is closed.
  • CE approved and certified.
  • Available in one size (senior for ages 11 and over) and two colour combinations.