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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 17-22

Sports Dentistry: A Review

Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, Sardar Patel Institute of Dental & Medical Sciences, Lucknow-226025, India

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Participation in athletic activities at both the recreational and organized sports levels continues to attract growing number of developing children and adolescents. Not only from developed countries, but also from developing countries like India, more and more number of health conscious people are finding their way onto the playing fields and gymnasium. Physical fitness, skill development, stress reduction and team building are some of the important positive aspects associated with participation in vigorous recreational activities and sports. Despite these benefits, there are certain risk factors which are associated with participation in these activities. Since many sports - related orofacial injuries are preventable; the benefit - upon - risk ratio can be enhanced by the use of appropriate, properly fitted, protective athletic equipment. Furthermore, as the predictive risk factors associated with such injuries are more clearly identified and defined, the design and development of new protective devices may contribute to future athletic injury prevention. Here an attempt is made to review the presently available protective devices which are used in sports to reduce the likelihood and the severity of sports - related traumatic injuries to the head, face and mouth of an athlete.

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