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GAA & Mouthguards

GAA & Mouthguards

Introduction of mandatory mouthguards to Football

From January 1st 2013, all players playing Gaelic Football in grades up to and including Minor will be required to wear a mouthguard in all games and at practice sessions.

Following the GAA's Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that made it mandatory to use a mouthguard in all Gaelic football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 for all age grades up to and including minor and at U21 and Adult level from January 1st 2014.

Research figures indicate that Ireland has one of the highest rates of sport-related oral injuries in the EU, with one third of all adult dental injuries being sports-related.

The GAA's Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee acknowledge that the use of a properly fitted mouthguard is the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries and was centrally involved in ensuring the introduction of compulsory mouthguards in Gaelic Football.