Research Article
Volume 11 Issue 6 - 2022
Coaches’ Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices and Motivation of Athletes Regarding Mouth Guards in Cape Town, South Africa: A Qualitative Study
Samer Karamalla Ali Abdelrahman1* and Nadia Mohamed2
1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
2HOD Paediatric Dentistry, University of Western Cape, South Africa
*Corresponding Author: Samer Karamalla Ali Abdelrahman, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.
Received: March 21, 2022; Published: May 26, 2022


Background: Mouth guards are efficient in preventing dental trauma. However, the coach’s attitude towards mouth guards can impact greatly on athlete compliance. Currently, mouth guards are broadly classified into stock (Type 1), mouth-formed (Type 2) and custom made mouth guards (Types 3 and 4).

Aim: To assess the knowledge of coaches on the use of mouth guards in preventing dental trauma.

Material and Methods: A qualitative study was conducted via mail survey to assess coaches knowledge and practice in advising mouth guards.

Result: Most coaches had wrong perception regarding boil-and-bite mouth guards, which they usually recommend. Recommendation varied according to the type of sport played and positions during play. Coaches doe not usually recommend mouth guard use during training sessions. They motivate their students by communication. Few coaches make the use of mouth guards mandatory.

Conclusion: As the knowledge of coaches regarding mouth guards is deficient, information sessions should be offered to address this gap in knowledge.

Keywords: Athletes; Mouth Guards; Dental Trauma


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Citation: Samer Karamalla Ali Abdelrahman and Nadia Mohamed. “Coaches’ Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices and Motivation of Athletes Regarding Mouth Guards in Cape Town, South Africa: A Qualitative Study”. EC Paediatrics 11.6 (2022): 25-29.

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