Mouthguards Compulsory   16/01/2013

The GAA recently announced details of the forthcoming national roll-out of the compulsory wearing of mouthguards in all underage grades up to and including minor for Gaelic football matches and practice sessions from January 1 2013.


In addition, from January 1 2014, this rule will apply to all players at all age grades. The move to make the wearing of mouthguards obligatory reiterates the Association's long-term commitment to player welfare.


Research figures indicate that Ire...
land has one of the highest rates of sport-related oral injuries in the EU, with one third of all adult dental injuries being sports-related. In many sports such as rugby and hockey, the wearing of gumshields is the norm with nearly all Clubs adhering strictly to a 'no gumshield - no game' rule.


Significantly, if a player refuses to comply he can be sent-off and players will not be covered under the GAA Player Injury Scheme if they are not wearing a mouthguard.


Information on the use of mouthguards for clubs, parents and players can be found at;
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fgaa.ie%2Fmedical-and-player-welfare%2Fmouthguards%2F&h=kAQG23C6a&s=1.

Mouth guards can be purchased in club shop, open tomorrow night from 7 - 8pm





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