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As 2013 comes to a close, ASD would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ASD Update a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 8.


Helmets, mouthguards: Is there 'concussion-proof' equipment for fall sports?
Philly.com
From Sept. 4: According to the recent Team Physician's Consensus Statement on Concussion and the National Federation of State High School Associations, there is no football helmet, or mouth guard for that matter, that can prevent a concussion. Helmets have been designed to prevent skull fractures, cerebral bleeding and other head trauma. Mouth guards have been developed to protect teeth and against oral injuries. So, what can be done to protect student athletes as they take the field this fall?
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High-tech mouthguards help players
The Dominion Post
From April 17: In a New Zealand first, Hutt Old Boys Marist rugby club team doctor Doug King has imported mouthguards with micro-chipped technology from the United States to measure impacts received on the field. The premier side wore the mouthguards during the Swindale Shield match against Wainuiomata and, although there were no recorded concussions, one player recorded an impact of 126 G-Force.
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ASD and the USOC to partner for Olympic athletes
ASD
From May 29: The Academy for Sports Dentistry is pleased to announce our involvement with the United States Olympic Committee Volunteer Dentist Participation Program. The program is eligible to roughly 1,000 Team USA athletes who reside and train throughout the USA. As a member of the Academy for Sports Dentistry you can fill out an application to be considered as an approved provider for eligible Team USA athletes.
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New research reveals connection between mouthguards and illness
WILX-TV
From Sept. 18: VideoBriefA new study reveals that one piece of a player's protective gear may be making them sick. The research found something most of us already assumed — mouthguards can be very dirty and the bacteria that grows on them can cause a lot of problems. But there are a few simple steps that can be taken to keep them clean.
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Study: Basketball had highest rate of dental traumatic injuries
Greer Today
From Nov. 13: During football and basketball seasons dentists know they can expect safety-minded parents to be asking about mouth guards for their kids. Fortunately, mouth guard use has been mandated for high school football players since 1962. The NCAA subsequently adopted the same policy for college football in 1973. In addition to football, the mandate extends to other contact sports as well, including hockey, boxing and lacrosse. So which sport is the worst offender? Basketball.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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No guts, no glory, no teeth (The Sudbury Star)
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Study demonstrates value of genetics in preventing periodontal disease (The Herald)
Digital dentures (CNN)

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Boxer mouthguard
Wheaton Dental
From May 15: Boxers guards are totally different than the athletic mouthguard that is sold in stores or even the one fabricated by the majority of dentists and dental laboratories. Remember, this is a boxer who will be enduring repeated impacts of high velocity. If want one of these or you want to fabricate one of these, you better have the right machines.
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ASD, USOC partner for athlete dental care
American Dental Association
From Sept. 18: Eligible volunteer dentists may provide dental care for U.S. Olympic elite athletes as members of the USOC health care team under an agreement announced by the Academy for Sports Dentistry. "The basic idea is that participating dentists will volunteer to supply specific basic dental health service to Olympic athletes — not Olympic hopeful athletes, rather those the U.S. Olympic Committee has designated specifically as their elite Olympic athletes — free of charge," said Dr. Rick Knowlton, incoming president and chair of the ASD 31st annual symposium Aug. 1-3.
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PBS concussion documentary a devastating must-see
The Express-Times
From Oct. 16: Every NFL fan must watch "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis," the brilliant and devastating documentary produced by PBS. This is the documentary — there is a book as well — that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell bullied ESPN out of final cooperation with. It's easy to see why. It is absolutely devastating. Viewing will require a strong stomach. Thank goodness Goodell couldn't browbeat PBS into silence.
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New concussion law guards children in sports
The Columbus Dispatch
From May 1: Heads up, Ohio: The state is officially joining the nationwide trend of making head injuries in youth sports a legal matter. Under the law, a young athlete showing concussion symptoms must be removed from a game or practice and not be permitted to return to competition for at least 24 hours and until cleared by an authorized physician or licensed healthcare provider. Ohio joins 44 other states and Washington, D.C., that have passed laws similar to the first concussion-specific law covering youth sports, enacted by Washington state in May 2009.
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Early exposure to bisphenol A might damage tooth enamel
ScienceDaily
From June 12: Analysis of teeth of rats exposed to bisphenol A showed numerous characteristics in common with a tooth enamel pathology known as MIH (molar incisor hypomineralisation) that selectively affects first molars and permanent incisors. This enamel pathology is found in roughly 18 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 8.
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