Helmets and Mouth Guards
Statistics, Sports, Splatters and Spills
An Ounce of Prevention Still Worth a Pound of Cure
- Mouth guards range in price from $5.00, low-end bought in the store, to $150.00, top-of-the-line custom fit
- Rehabilitation costs for a single knocked out tooth can surpass the price of a custom-made mouth guard by 20 times
- Protective eyewear for racquetball, basketball, tennis, and a myriad of sports, on average costs less than $20.00
- Bicycle helmets' average cost is $25.00
- Helmets for downhill skiing average $70.00
- Football helmets generally cost less than $60.00
Practice makes perfect
SafeChild.net reports that sixty percent of organized sports-related injuries occur during practice rather than during games.
Safety precautions are always necessary!
Helmets help players alive to play another day
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that universal helmet use could:
- Save one life each day.
- Prevent one head injury every four minutes.
Faceguards Save Face for Little Leaguers
A study published in the February 2003 Journal of the American Medical Association showed that players who used faceguards — devices made of plastic or metal that attached to baseball helmets — were 35 percent less likely to suffer facial injuries than non-users.
Do the Math
- This year about 5 million teeth will be knocked out of U.S. youth while they play sports.
- Bicycle-related head injuries account for more than 150,000 emergency department visits annually. The rate of injury is highest for children ages 5 to 15.
Safety equipment protects faces from harm. More than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented by mouth guard use.