An evaluation of mouthguard requirements and dental injuries in New Zealand rugby union
posted by Research Admin on 28 April 2010
Year of Publication
British Journal of Sports Medicine, 39(9), 650-1
Journal article (peer reviewed)
Documents the effects of compulsory mouthguard wearing on rugby-related dental injury claims made to ACC. The self reported rate of mouthguard use was 67% of player-weeks in 1993 and 93% in 2003. A total of 2644 claims was reported in 1995. There was a 43% reduction in dental claims from 1995 to 2003. The relative rate of injury claims for non-wearers versus wearers was estimated to be 4.6. The cumulative savings in claim costs, compared with the cost per year if claim numbers had remained constant from 1995, is $1.87 million. Based on the findings, the authors strongly recommend the use of mouthguards for all players in both matches and contact practice situations. (Note: Erratum subsequently published in British Journal of Sports Medicine, 40(2), 186).
Type of Study
Quantitative, Prospective cohort study