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07-25-2012, 12:53 PM
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mouthpiece necessary if wearing cage?

if you wear a cage with your helmet do you still wear a mouthpiece? why or why not?

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No.

Granted, I'm in net and am less likely to take a full on hit.

When I played out when i was younger, I still wore a mouthgard. This is when full cages/visors are mandatory for all players.

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I have never wore a mouthguard. Cage or no Cage

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If your playing contact hockey I would use a mouth guard. For practices I never wore one, because they were less intense and no one was out head hunting. For non contact pickup hockey I dont bother wearing it either.

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When I used to play contact hockey... yes. Now that I play rec league hockey... no.

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Mouthguards are more so for protecting your teeth. When I got a concussion last year I saw a neurologist, I asked if I needed to start wearing a mouthguard and he said they really didnt help with preventing head injuries.

So with a cage no you do not need one

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Wear a cage and I wear a mouthguard. I've gotten too many "accidental" elbows and shoulders that have chipped teeth. I use a gladiator custom (about $50 US)

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Yes because it's mandatory in my league.

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Cage doesn't prevent concussions. That's what the mouth guard is for. Or at least to help prevent them...

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Yes

Football players use a mouthpiece even with a full helmet/near cage.Mandatory in most leagues. Baseball catchers likewise.

Mouthpiece stabilizes and protects the jaw/teeth. Other posters have commented about the concussion factor.

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I've read multiple experts says that mouth guards do nothing to prevent concussions. From the research I've done on them, I would have to agree with their opinion.

To the OP: If you're in a hitting league, I would say you should wear one. If not, dealers choice, but I have never wore one in non-checking hockey.

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I only play rec/beer league and I wear a cage so no I don't use one.

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In contact hockey, yes. Shoulders to the jaw still hurt and will still chip your teeth.

The only reason I would say they prevent concussions is on a direct upper cut...which rarely happens.

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Yes, you can still chip your teeth if you get checked hard.

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In contact hockey, yes. Shoulders to the jaw still hurt and will still chip your teeth.

The only reason I would say they prevent concussions is on a direct upper cut...which rarely happens.
Getting hit with a shot in the cage would involve the same upward trajectory and force.

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I don't wear a mouthpiece but, I do wear a cage I find there's no treason for both.

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In contact hockey, yes. Shoulders to the jaw still hurt and will still chip your teeth.

The only reason I would say they prevent concussions is on a direct upper cut...which rarely happens.
Nothing prevents concussions, I think what you meant is that it might reduce the chance of one, to which even still, is argued.

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One notable function a mouth guard has for cage users is preventing the players from biting down on their tongue when taking contact or getting struck near the chin area.

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Getting hit with a shot in the cage would involve the same upward trajectory and force.
I disagree. It is an upward motion, but I'm talking more vertical. AIREAYE is right, I mean reduced. I read an article about how it absorbs the shock that is caused when your lower jaw is forcefully jammed into the rest of your head. That's all it protects.

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Truth be told, it's never been proven that either a helmet or a mouthguard do anything to reduce or prevent concussions. However, data collected from injuries supports the information that helmets and mouthguards reduce concussions. Since there is no way to actually test humans in these types of settings, it will never be proven, the same as with seat belts.

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I have worn a cage for 10 years but only just recently started wearing a mouthguard.
a buddy of mine recently started this company: http://impactmouthguards.com/

I've always been skeptical of mouthguards because I am very vocal on the ice and most mouthguards make that very difficult.
I've also had my share of mild concussions.
my buddy made me a mouthguard and I started wearing it in early April. a few weeks later I was playing in a tourney in Charleston (non-check) and got full on run over by an opposing player. in the past this most certainly would've resulted in at least a mild concussion but this time with the mouthguard, nothing but me being pissed off that there was no call. that's all the research I need.

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I don't think they do much for concussions. They are usually there to prevent chipped teeth or biting the tongue.

I've been using a Shock Doctor Gravity guard that goes over the bottom teeth and lets you breathe/speak easily. Works great.

Lately I've been having a lot of trouble breathing on the bench, almost throwing up, probably a combination of the heat, being out of shape, and some lingering lung irritation from a cold. So last night I went without. Might do that until these issues resolve.

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As noted in this thread, there's conflicting studies on the effectiveness of mouthguards in protecting against concussion.

I don't wear one with my cage but I may start. Last night a lady in our co-ed league got slewfooted (accidentally, and by her husband!) on a transition and slammed the back of her head into the ice. Probably mildly concussed, but she also chipped a tooth from her jaw clacking shut on the impact.

Sounded gross. Enough to make me consider even one of those little shock doctor ones.

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I don't wear one with my cage but I may start. Last night a lady in our co-ed league got slewfooted (accidentally, and by her husband!) on a transition and slammed the back of her head into the ice. Probably mildly concussed, but she also chipped a tooth from her jaw clacking shut on the impact.

Sounded gross. Enough to make me consider even one of those little shock doctor ones.
I haven't worn a mouthpiece at all and I don't fall very often - but as I play more, I see more and more collisions and times where others have fallen down pretty hard to the ice. I'm a recovering dentalphobe, so I really, really hate spending time in the dentist's chair if at all avoidable. I may be getting a mouthpiece after reading this. I know a few others on my team wear them.

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Can't stand mouthguards, they make me gag.

guess I'll never make it in the NHL...

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