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ASTM Reinstates and Revises mouth guard standard.

Press Release Summary:

Apr 21, 2016 - Experts in sports equipment reinstated and revised ASTM International F697 athletic mouth protectors standard, which covers care and use of mouth guards used to protect mouths and teeth in sports ranging from hockey to football. As explained by Committee F08's Christopher Dennison, said standard fosters understanding in regards to "types of mouth guards, how they should fit into an athlete’s teeth, under what circumstances a mouth guard should be replaced, and how to clean a mouth guard."

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

Original Press Release

ASTM Sports Equipment Committee Reinstates Mouth Guard Standard

Press release date: Apr 20, 2016

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. – Experts in sports equipment reinstated and revised a key ASTM International standard for athletic mouth protectors (F697). The standard covers the care and use of mouth guards used to protect mouths and teeth in sports ranging from hockey to football.

Christopher Dennison, member of Committee F08 on Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces and Facilities, notes that the revised standard provides guidance on using mouth guards, how to care for them, and when to replace them.

“The standard allows users to understand the types of mouth guards, how they should fit into an athlete’s teeth, under what circumstances a mouth guard should be replaced, and how to clean a mouth guard,” says Dennison, director of undergraduate biomedical engineering and an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, University of Alberta. “If a trainer or other professional were tasked with understanding how to choose and fit a mouth protector – and to recommend to athletes how to care for one – they could refer to F697 as a starting point.”

Athletic organizations and governing bodies, athletic training staff, and mouth guard manufacturers all use F697. The committee is planning to develop a performance standard for mouth guards and encourages all interested parties to join in its activities.

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ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces and Facilities Next Meeting: May 3-5, 2016, May Committee Week, San Antonio, Texas.

Media Inquiries:
Dan Bergels
tel +1.610.832.9602
dbergels@astm.org

Technical Contact:
Christopher Dennison, Ph.D.
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada
tel +1.780.492.2425
cdenniso@ualberta.ca

ASTM Staff Contact:
Joe Koury
tel +1.610.832.9804
jkoury@astm.org