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Mouthguards

posted 2 Nov 2012, 08:28 by Laune Rangers
It will be mandatory to use a mouthguard in all football matches and training sessions from
January 1st 2013 (for all age grades up to and including minor) and at U21 and Adult level from January 1st 2014

There are three types of mouthguards:

Stock mouthguards 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.

Boil and bite mouthguards 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 mouthguard will
cost in the region of €15 to €20 and again any mouthguard with the CE mark on it in this
category is sufficient to ensure compliance with the new rule.

Custom-fitted mouthguards 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 mouthguards available to purchase in December.
Further information on these products will be circulated to Clubs in late November.


What will happen if I am not wearing a mouthguard in a game?

If a player refuses to comply with a Referee’s instruction to wear a mouthguard, he/she will
initially be cautioned by the Referee and if the player continues to refuse, the Referee can send
him/her off.

Who is responsible for ensuring mouthguards are worn?

The onus is on the player to purchase a mouthguard and to have same at all training sessions/matches. If a player does not bring his/her gumshield, they will not be permitted to partake in the training session/game. It is important to note that that players may not be covered under the player injury scheme if they get injured and are not wearing a mouthguard.
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