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Ways of Preventing Facial Trauma During Sports

Posted on 3/15/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Ways of Preventing Facial Trauma During SportsFor both youth and adults who enjoy participating in team or individual sports, the possibility of injury is always present. While most people tend to worry about issues such as brain trauma, broken bones, and damaged or torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons, one of the most overlooked risks of heavy physical activity is facial damage or trauma.

This is especially true of combat sports such as boxing and martial arts, but still holds cause for concern with any sport that includes person to person contact or fast-moving projectiles such as baseballs. The purpose of this post is to help folks learn how to better prevent such occurrences.

Properly Fitting Head Equipment
This is the first thing to consider when trying to minimize the risk of facial trauma during a sporting practice or event. Activities such as football and lacrosse, which require full face masks, which is the best form of overall head and face protection.

But other sports such as wrestling and hockey (other than the goalie) only require head protection to reduce brain trauma and do nothing to actually protect the face. While this might put the participants at a greater risk of facial injury, it also helps to reduce other risks that would come as a result of having their vision obscured by a bulky or cumbersome face mask or helmet.

Mouth Guards

In any instance, whether playing a sport that involves facial protection or not, a mouthpiece or guard used correctly is the most critical component to helping avoid or reduce the severity of facial trauma. By using one to keep the teeth and jaw in line and secure, major dental damage can be avoided even with significant impact from an object or another player.

If you would like more information about how to prevent or correct facial trauma for yourself or a loved one, give our office a call and we would be glad to help you.
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