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BRAIN-PAD Ice Hockey Success Stories !

Dear Victor,

I just wanted to give you some feedback concerning our Westmount Wings Atom inter city hockey team. Since the inception three months ago I am pleased to report that all of our players are continuing to use the mouth guards on a regular basis. We have even found that the players are wearing them in practices as well. I want to personally thank you for initiating this great project and I am sure that eventually we will have all of our players wearing the mouth guards.

We are also very happy to report that none of our players on the pilot project team have suffered any TMJ injuries yet this year which is a dramatic improvement from past seasons. I also thought you would be happy to know that the team is having success on the ice as they are currently in first place.

Keep up the leadership Victor in this important and necessary development and I look forward to the expansion of this project.
With kind regards, yours in sport,

Mike Deegan, Director
Sports, Recreation and Community Events

City of Westmount

Ice Hockey -
From: Karl Hecker (parent),

Once my son started checking, after the Pee-wee level, he began to have
headaches after practices and games.

After using the Brain-Pad guard, his headaches disappeared ! It was really
amazing to find out that the headaches were related to his lower jaw being
allowed to fly free and strike his TMJ sockets. It was night and day, without
and WITH the Brain-Pad. Amazing! It has been 5 seasons using the Brain-Pad
now and "No headaches" and no other TMJ-based injuries either !

Great Product !

P.S. : We have already decided to try the CLENCHER guard when he
plays soccer this spring.

Thanks again !
Hockey Parent, Karl Hecker, NH

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Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 1:55 PM
Subject: Fw: Mouth guards that could prevent injuries in hockey

Bill, thank you for the information and rapid response. I have forwarded all
of the information to the head scout for the Prince Albert Raiders of the
Western Hockey League in Canada. He will forward all of the information
to their head trainer. They have a couple of key players with history of
injury incidences. I am hoping that they respond with orders of your mouth
guards for all of their players. I have 2 boys that play hockey; one plays
at University of California, Berkeley, and the other is a 16 year old who is
being scouted by the USHL and the WHL. I would love to have both boys
try your 'LoPro Plus' mouth guard. Below is our home address. I will also
begin to get the word our on your product to our team in Orange County,
California and other youth hockey contacts that I have.

I have also attached the email that I sent the folks at the Prince Albert
Raiders in the Western Hockey League as an FYI.

Jeff Sulitzer, DMD
15569 Chelsea Morning Dr
Happy Valley, OR 97086
The Hockey Doc: The importance of mouth guards

Thursday, 16 February 2012 10:17

By Dr. Rob LaPrade

Question: I just received a penalty for not having a mouth guard. Why do I need to wear one?

Answer: I think you know part of the answer to this one already. While the obvious answer to using a mouth guard is that it protects your teeth from being chipped or knocked out, a mouth guard is also a very important safety device to prevent injuries.

The main purpose of a mouth guard is clear. It is there to protect your teeth from possible direct blows where they can either be chipped, significantly fractured, or knocked out. While serving a purpose in this regard, they also help to prevent some of the bad lip and cheek lacerations which can happen when a tooth is broken.

The other purpose of a mouth guard is to act as a shock absorber in your mouth. It serves as a spacer between the top and bottom row of your teeth and absorbs shock should you receive a blow to your head or jaw. You can imagine that if you have a significant blow to your chin that this force is going to go from your chin up through your jaw bone, into your teeth, into your facial bones, etc. In this regard, a mouth guard helps to decrease jaw bone (mandible) fractures. In addition, it is also believed that the use of a good fitted mouth guard helps to decrease the chance of TMJ injuries. It does this by helping to absorb the force that your jaw may pick up when there is a significant blow delivered to it. It is important to try to minimize your exposure to impacts. In this regard, it is highly recommended that you wear a well fitted mouth guard when you play contact ice hockey.  It is also important to not trim down the mouth guard too much or it will be ineffective in acting as a shock absorber.

I hope this answers your question and that you choose to wear a mouth guard in all ice hockey related activities in the future. Wearing a mouth guard, and the rules which enforce it, are sort of like the rules for having seatbelts in cars. The mouth guard serves as a seatbelt to protect your teeth, jaw bone, and TMJ sockets.

Robert F. LaPrade, M.D., Ph.D. is a complex knee surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado.  He is very active in research for the prevention and treatment of ice hockey injuries. Dr. LaPrade is also the Chief Medical Research Officer at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. Formerly, he was the team physician for the University of Minnesota men’s hockey team and a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the U of M. If you have a question for the Hockey Doc, e-mail it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 10:25
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