What sports require a mouthguard?

Well-fitted, custom-made mouthguards are essential for most sports, especially
those that are high contact, such as boxing, football, martial arts, kickboxing,
wrestling and street or ice hockey. They are also appropriate for soccer,
basketball, baseball, softball, rollerblading, skateboarding, and mountain
If you participate in any of the following activities, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Academy for Sports Dentistry recommend that you wear a properly fitted mouthguard:
  • Acrobatics
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Boxing
  • Equestrian events
  • Extreme sports
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Ice hockey
  • Inline skating
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Shotputting
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing
  • Skydiving
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Contact sports, such as football, require the participants to use a mouthguard. However, when there is any risk of sudden jarring movement to the face or jaw, the use of a mouthguard should be considered. Many professional and non-professional athletes use mouthguards in sports where it is not required. 

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