Nearly half of sports-related facial fractures among children occur in baseball and softball, says a new study in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, many of which could be prevented if players wore face shields while fielding.
Mouthguards become highly contaminated with bacteria, yeast and mold
with use and should be sanitized in an antimicrobrial solution between
uses, recommends a new study by researchers at Oklahoma State University.
Mouth guards shold be replaced every 14 days, or earlier if they develop sharp or jagged edges, because they can cause mouth cuts and abrasions which
expose an athlete to an increased risk of bacterial, yeast and fungal infection.