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Compulsory Use Of Mouth-guards in Football:

posted 8 Nov 2012, 05:29 by Carrick Swans   [ updated 8 Nov 2012, 05:39 ]
    It will be mandatory to use a mouth-guard in all football matches and training sessions from January 1 2013 (for all age grades up to and including minor) and at U21 and Adult level from January 1 2014. 

There are three types of mouth-guards:
  1. Stock mouth-guards are preformed and come ready to wear. Dentists do not recommend their use. Nonetheless, once they carry the CE (European Conformity) mark they are acceptable in terms of complying with the new GAA Rules. 
  2. Boil and bite mouth-guards can also be bought over the counter at most Sport Shops and generally offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. Typically this type of mouth-guard will cost in the region of €15 to €20 and again any mouth-guard with the CE mark on it in this category is sufficient to ensure compliance with the new rule. 
  3. Custom-fitted mouth-guards are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist's instructions. These will offer the best protection against dental and oral injury. Prices can vary significantly and it is worth seeking and comparing prices from a number of practitioners before deciding to purchase. 
There will be a range of official GAA/GPA mouth-guards available to purchase in December. 
Further information on these products will be circulated to clubs in late November.