Anyone have one custom-made for skiing? Benefits??
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12/23/06 at 7:50pm
For jumping and park skiing, if I were doing that, I think I'd wear one.
I don't wear one for regular skiing, but I wouldn't consider it crazy to do so. Normal skiing is "low risk" but it's not "no risk." At least two reasons: forward fall onto firm snow or being run into.
I don't know this (if it's even knowable), but I wouldn't be surprised if a mouthguard is as or more beneficial than a ski helmet, for ordinary skiers. Of course, the burden of wearing one is greater (mumbling and drooling like a punch-drunk boxer vs. looking sporty in a comfy lid). Actually, having worn one for football, a mouthguard isn't that bad if you don't have to talk (or people can understand what "dwenie-dree reh ah doo" means), or if you can put it in and out easily, which could be, um, awkward with ski gloves on.
There are rather dramatic, and I think pretty reliable, statistics on how beneficial mouthguards are for high school football players. The benefits for skiing aren't so dramatic, unless you're running into (or being run into by) people a dozen+ times a day (in which case, I think you have some serious problems that the mouthguard isn't going to cure). But the one collision or fall that hurts you can still happen.