On 4/24/09, I posted an article called "Recent MLB Umpire Head Injuries Prompt Discussion".
I received a lot of responses, but of them, 3 were of umpires and/or hockey referees who had discussed the importance of wearing a mouthguard to prevent concussions where force is applied to the jaw area. These 3 individuals seemed to imply this important factor had been missed when discussing head injuries and umpires.
Anyway, I've been doing some research on the subject and found there definitely appears to be some strong supporters of wearing a mouthguard in contact sports for the prevention of concussions in addition to tooth protection even when there is a mask or helmet used.
Of course, there is no specific research as it applies to umpires or even catchers that I found. But there's an article here with a good overview:
So what do you think? Anyone have any further insights on the subject? Do you wear one? Would you consider wearing one? Why or why not?
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