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    Default Re: Is it time to make Mouthguards compulsory for rugby players?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry View Post
    But with gum shields, is there a major downside? I am trying to think of (non-medical) reasons why a player might choose not to wear one, any ideas?
    Uncomfortable
    Makes it hard to breathe
    Cuts the inside of the mouth
    Makes you gag
    Unhygienic (I accept that they could be sterilised in between games, but by the same token young men might also wash from time to time and do the dishes - let's stay in the realms of the probable)
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    If you want a comfortable one then visit your dentist who will make you a bespoke one with a posh case too!
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    Default Re: Is it time to make Mouthguards compulsory for rugby players?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dixie View Post
    Uncomfortable
    Makes it hard to breathe
    Cuts the inside of the mouth
    Makes you gag
    Unhygienic (I accept that they could be sterilised in between games, but by the same token young men might also wash from time to time and do the dishes - let's stay in the realms of the probable)
    I think this is one of the problems, people still have an outdated view of mouthguards as chunky blocks of plastic that make you gag. Before the custom-fit one I wear now I was wearing a SISU Guard which is 1.6mm thick and you cant even notice you are wearing! (definitely sounded like a rep for sisu then) but my point is there are options available and players should be educated.

    I had started to believe that maybe highly recommended should remain the standard before looking into injuries caused by teeth on others, I'm now back at my original compulsory standpoint, it can't be that hard.

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    Default Re: Is it time to make Mouthguards compulsory for rugby players?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ewanvj View Post
    looking into injuries caused by teeth on others, I'm now back at my original compulsory standpoint, it can't be that hard.
    yes - that's the factor that one day will cause mouthguards to be compulsory in adults.

    adults are free to take foolish risks with their own teeth, but one day we'll take the view that naked teeth are actually a danger to other players, and we'll make people wear guards, just as we make them remove rings, and check their studs/boots for sharp edges.

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    A view from a long ago thread on this very topic -you are protecting your own lips/cheeks from injury from your own teeth. Teeth are designed to cut flesh -ask any dog.
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    Default Re: Is it time to make Mouthguards compulsory for rugby players?

    [QUOTE=Dixie;249218]Uncomfortable
    Makes it hard to breathe
    Cuts the inside of the mouth
    Makes you gag
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    + makes verbal communications more difficult to understand . . . . . .

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    Default Re: Is it time to make Mouthguards compulsory for rugby players?

    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    yes - that's the factor that one day will cause mouthguards to be compulsory in adults.

    adults are free to take foolish risks with their own teeth, but one day we'll take the view that naked teeth are actually a danger to other players, and we'll make people wear guards, just as we make them remove rings, and check their studs/boots for sharp edges.
    For years my elbows, knees, boots & head were a danger to other players, wonder when we'll be forced cover or remove them, or perhaps play in slippers ! ............. If my teeth ever damage an opponent, i'll claim the Horwill Defence, I didn't know his head was there & I was unbalanced by my tongue that slipped on my saliva !

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    Default Re: Is it time to make Mouthguards compulsory for rugby players?

    And how about a mouthguard for referees in view of the risk of high speed contact?

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    Default Re: Is it time to make Mouthguards compulsory for rugby players?

    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    I for one would support your right to be a complete idiot ...

    (if the point of impact is a single tooth, it really doesn't take much to knock it right out).
    I didn't wear one from age 15 up until when I stopped playing aged 21. I was a lock/flanker so my head was often down the bottom of a ruck etc and whilst I have copped a boot in the face/mouth I still have all of my teeth.

    I didn't feel comfortable with one in and breathing wasn't easy for me so I decided not to wear one. Now if a referee tried to make me wear one I would pull one out of my bag and chuck it in but it would be thrown to the sideline pretty quickly.

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    Default Re: Is it time to make Mouthguards compulsory for rugby players?

    I always wore one. I think we bought one the same day we bought boots. Never played a game without one. Perhaps if you start wearing one from the very start you just get used to it and all the issues that have been raised do not occur?
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