Dental Injury Patterns in Sports and Their Prevention
You will receive 2 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The purchase price of this course is $98.00


The information presented in this course is a literature review of dental injury patterns and methods of prevention.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the nature of different types of injury potential in various sports.
  2. Comprehend the need for dentofacial impact protection for athletes at different levels.
  3. Understand and be able to discuss the differences between over-the-counter and dentist-fabricated custom-made mouthguards.
  4. Comprehend the need for informed discussion of dentofacial injury protection among health professionals at all levels of sports training and education.  
  5. Understand the need for informing and educating laypeople about injury prevention and protection beginning at the most elementary level of sports participation.


Sports play a significant role in many nations worldwide. Unfortunately, in most sports there is potential for facial and dental injury. Certainly in team sports, body contact between opposing players, even though an integral part of the play, may result in injuries. Even in sports with fewer players the potential for dental injuries exists, particularly when sticks, bats, racquets, clubs, balls or hard objects traveling at high speed are used. Dental injuries can range from minor chipping of teeth to more serious personal injuries such as broken jaws and loss or fracture of teeth. To the athletes involved, these are permanent injuries they will carry as evidence of their sporting careers. The predictability of dental injury patterns in sports requires the dental profession, the community, trainers and health practitioners to emphasize prevention as the effective solution for sporting injuries. The information presented in this course is essentially a literature review of dental injury patterns and methods of prevention.

  1. Introduction
  2. Sports Injuries Today:When and Why
    1. Dentofacial Injuries in Field Hockey
    2. Rugby - Head Injuries
    3. Head and Neck Injuries
  3. Injury Rates
    1. Ice Hockey vs. American Football
  4. Dental Injuries
    1. Direct vs. Indirect Impact
    2. Erupted and Unerupted Third Molars
    3. Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Factors
    4. Costs
  5. Prevention
    1. Mouth guards - Protective or Not
    2. A New Standard of Protection
  6. Summary

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