Gum Shields are compulsory from January 2013. ALL underage players, from minor grade down, will have to wear Gum Shields and Mouth Guards from January 1st 2013 as part of the GAA’s concerted attempt to cut down on facial injuries. This is a giant leap forward in player’s safety as you will be well aware of if have ever visited accident and emergency at the weekend or a dentists surgery on a Monday morning.Recent research has shown that there are now five times more facial and jaw injuries in Gaelic football compared to hurling. Rugby players and Boxers have been wearing Gum Shields for years and this has greatly reduced the rate of facial and oral injuries.
Gum Shields Reduce Injuries
The drop in facial injuries in hurling is directly attributed to the introduction of compulsory helmets and face guards in 2010. The GAA is hoping that the introduction of mandatory Gum Shields and mouth guards will similarly lessen facial and oral injury rates in football and is phasing them in, starting with their juvenile players next season and from January 1, 2014 Gum Shields will be compulsory for all players, including seniors and Under 21s. As in Hurling, “no helmet no game” the GAA will be adopting the rule of “no Gum Shield, no game” and players wont be let on the pitch if they do not wear one. Most importantly players who are not wearing a Gum Shield will not be covered by the official players’ injury insurance scheme.
Gum Shields Backed By The Players Association
The use of Gum Shields and Mouth Guards will cut down on teeth injuries by 50pc and lessen injuries around the mouth by up to 80pc.The GAA are expecting little resistance to the new ruling from the underage and minor players but expect challenges with Senior players but “Sometimes you have to legislate for people’s good, whether they like it or not.”This initiative for joint player-welfare has the backing of both the GAA and Gaelic Players’ Association (GPA) and will greatly reduce injures in a game that has become more physical in the past decade.
Gum Shields From Makura
The Makura Gum Shield and Mouth guard is designed to prevent damage to teeth, gums and lips during sporting activities. It also reduces the risk of concussion, broken jaw and neck injuries.Fitted over the upper teeth, the Makura Junior Mouthguard’s super-tough Shokbloker® outer and Gelform® liner absorb frontal and side impacts, preventing teeth being broken or dislodged, and minimising injury to gums and lips.