The Game On Advantage
Author: Dr. Monroe Elkin, BS PHARM., DMD
Why Field Hockey Players Need a Mouthguard
Field hockey, like ice hockey, is a fun sport for your youth to play. If your student loves hockey, they can play all year with both field and ice hockey. Both forms of the sport include hockey sticks and goals. The difference is field hockey is played on a field and ice hockey is played on the ice. The other difference is that field hockey uses a ball instead of a puck. However, there are still dangers endemic to the game of field hockey. It’s important that your athlete wears a high-quality mouthguard. The best mouthguard for field hockey on the market is our Game On mouthguard.
As a parent, you probably appreciate all the benefits that come along with youth participation in sports. Kids and teens in sports generally develop a greater sense of self-confidence and an ability to relate well to their peers and to adults. They benefit physically, being overall more fit than their classmates who do not participate in sports. They learn how to be a part of a team and how to handle their emotions gracefully whether they win or lose. Sports participants learn how to play by a set of rules and how to respect authority figures such as coaches and referees. These are just a sampling of the many benefits playing sports can have for your child.
In fact, about 30 million children and teens participate in organized sports each year in the US. As a parent, you’re probably also aware that injuries are endemic to sports, especially high-contact sports like field hockey. Youth sports are the cause of more than 3.5 million injuries each year, and in fact, about one-third of all childhood injuries are related to sports. This doesn’t mean kids shouldn’t participate in sports, however. It just means that all possible safety precautions must be taken.
That’s why field hockey players wear goggles, gloves, shin guards, special shoes, and mouthguards. The most common sports injuries are strains and sprains, but there are a good many dental injuries reported each year as well. This is why it’s important that you make sure your athlete wears their field hockey mouthguard every time they play, whether it’s during a game or practice. Their team likely requires them to wear a mouthguard, but in the end, it’s up to you, as the parent, to be certain your youth is compliant at all times.
What is the best field hockey mouthguard?
Both sports and dental professionals agree that the best field hockey mouthguards are those that are custom-fit to the teeth of your player. Comfort is also important. The Game On field hockey mouthguard is made of our patented VistaMaxx material, which is tough enough to help prevent dental injuries like cracked teeth or lacerations to the soft tissue in the mouth. It’s also flexible enough to be comfortable to wear. Your athlete will be able to speak clearly, hydrate, and breathe easily while wearing the Game On field hockey mouthguard.
Safety is obviously the most important aspect of the mouthguard, but comfort plays a big part in its ability to protect your child. That’s because if the mouthguard were not comfortable, if it had plastic digging into their gums or lips, they wouldn’t be as likely to wear it all the time. And that’s why we developed our VistaMaxx material with the aid of dental professionals—so it would offer superior protection and comfort at the same time.
Game On field hockey mouthguards are attractive to youth for other reasons. For one, they can order their mouthguard in a wide variety of colors. They will easily find either their favorite color or their team color among our 14 color choices. The mouthguard comes in both youth and adult sizes, so no matter what, there is a mouthguard that will fit your field hockey player.
The Game On field hockey mouthguard can also be customized with print. Your athlete can order one with their name, their team name, their number, or another word or short phrase printed on it in their choice of fonts. This is another way we make the mouthguards attractive for your youth to wear. Because they can choose its appearance, they will be more invested in owning it and wearing it.
Game On field hockey mouthguards are easy to take care of, which is also important for your athlete. They just need to wash it with warm, soapy water after each game or practice and put it in its ventilated case to dry naturally.
Where can I get a Game On field hockey mouthguard for my athlete?
The Game On field hockey mouthguard is the first one on the market accepted by the American Dental Association, so you can be confident in its high quality. It’s made without PVC, BPA, phthalates, or latex for your youth’s safety. Order the best field hockey mouthguard online today and protect your player so they can enjoy playing field hockey.