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Can I wear a splint or a cast while playing a competitive sport?

Using a splint or cast depends on the specific rules of the sport or league, but one that will not injure other players is acceptable. Players are not allowed to wear anything that may be dangerous to other players. Any casts or braces made of fiberglass, plaster, metal, or any other nonpliable substances are not allowed. Projection of metal or other hard substance from a player’s person or clothing is not allowed. Knee braces are allowed as long as no metal is exposed. In football, casts, splints, or braces are allowed only if they are protecting a fracture or dislocation, but they must be covered with a layer of closed-cell foam. (This answer provided for NATA by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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