Imagine how it would feel to be missing your front teeth. You would hate to smile, conversations would feel uncomfortable, pronouncing words would be difficult and so would eating certain foods. People often don’t realize how much they would miss their teeth until they actually lose one.
Every week, thousands of young athletes experience injuries whether they are on the playing field, on the basketball court, while biking or skating or doing some other sort of activity. Injuries to the face in just about every sport can harm your teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. A properly fitted mouthguard quickly becomes an important piece of athletic gear when dealing with injuries to the face. According to the American Dental Association, “An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard and mouthguards can help buffer an impact or blow that otherwise could cause broken teeth, jaw injuries or cuts to the lip, tongue or face.” Mouthguards are extremely popular in contact sports such as football, ice hockey, lacrosse, boxing and field hockey, but their popularity is also trending upwards for other sports as well. Mouthguards help protect teeth even in noncontact sports and many experts now recommend that a mouthguard be worn for any recreational activity that poses a risk of injury to the mouth.
When choosing a mouthguard that is right for you, there are three types to choose from:
- The ready-made, or stock mouthguard
- The mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” mouthguard
- The custom-made mouthguard by a dentist
All properly fitted mouthguards provide varying degrees of protection. The most effective mouthguard should be resilient, tear-resistant and comfortable. It should also fit properly, be durable and not restrict your speech or breathing.
Here at MoGo Sport we pride ourselves in the protection, performance and fit that our mouthguards consist of. The added value that we provide mouthguard users is the fact that ours are flavored! Before MoGo Sport came along with our Flavored Mouthguards, the overall mouthguard wearing experience was not a pleasant one. Now athletes actually want to wear their mouthguard because of the great taste. We have revolutionized the mouthguard industry and provide athletes with something no other mouthguard company currently offers, FLAVOR! The best part about it is that the flavor is not coated or sprayed on; it is embedded into the plastic and will last game, after game, after game. Currently we have four flavors to choose from: Fruit Punch, Orange, Lemon & Mint.
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Parents often strive to promote a balance of sports and schooling in their child’s life. Finding the right balance can often prove to be a difficult one to attain. Today schools work hard to provide children with a well-rounded educational experience that also includes a solid athletic program full of extracurricular activities. Some parents can become too involved in the various aspects of their young athlete’s success and they can be overly concerned with outcomes and performance. The majority of children that participate in sports start doing so because it’s a fun way to “play” with friends and other kids their age. As children begin to mature and grow older, they enter athletic programs where parents have less and less control. There are three main themes that parents should consider in order to allow for their child to have a successful interscholastic sports experience:
- Make Sports Fun: Research shows that the biggest reason students participate in sports is to have fun. Schools provide well-designed programs for student-athletes that are meant to challenge the kids. Working hard and making commitments becomes rewarding when the children are out there having fun. When parents start screaming at their child, other players, the officials or the coaches a stressful environment is created for everyone. Parents need to relax and enjoy the game knowing that the coach and the school is doing everything in their power to provide and promote the best experience for their child. Parents will often focus on only their child, but they need to also realize that decisions and actions of the coach are made to best serve the entire team. Parents need to motivate their children and give them positive reinforcement. Constantly criticizing them will only result in having a negative impact.
- Support your Child, the Team, the Coach, and the entire Program in a Positive Way: It is not only the players and coaches that can contribute to the success of the team, but also the parents. Supporting everyone involved in a positive way, not just for your own child, will unify the team and build everyone’s confidence. There is nothing worse for a child than feeling that they have failed their parents. They need to know that their parents have pride in them and love them whether they win or lose. Parents need to support their children and always be there for them, regardless of their performance.
- Keep it in Perspective: Coaches and athletes spend a lot of time together each day practicing and working hard to prepare for the upcoming competition. Whether your child is one of the starters or is one of the players that work hard against the starters in practice, they are all contributing to the success of that team. Parents who become dissatisfied with the coach or the program are often expressing their own personal desires and not that of their child. Parents who have legitimate concerns should certainly feel free to communicate with their child’s coach, but should also consider some simple communication ground rules when they do so
Tips for Effective Communication with your Child and their Coach
- Always be positive and in control of your emotions.
- Before or after a game or during a practice or game is not a good time to approach a coach or an athlete.
- Focus on your child’s best interests and not your own.
When considering talking to your child’s coach, use the communication triangle pictured here first. Channel all questions or comments about the program such as playing time, formations, plays or strategies through your own child. A good coach who is communicating to their team will pass along information to their athletes that will often answer parental questions. It may not always be the answer a parent wants to hear but it will be a great way to help their child learn to communicate. If the athlete does not know the answer or says “I don’t know” then the parent should ask the athlete to obtain the answer from the coach. Speaking to the coach directly will complete the triangle between the parent and coach, but should only be done in matters of health and safety.
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MoGo Sport is dedicated to promoting awareness on Youth Sports Safety. Young athletes are often unaware of the dangers that come with being involved in sports. It is up to parents, coaches and administrators to educate themselves and others on the risks and necessary precautions to take in order to protect the well-being of children playing sports.
The following are some very alarming statistics on youth sport safety:
- There were 120 sports-related deaths last year
- Each day 8,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for sports-related injuries
- Ages 15-17 experience the highest rate of emergency room visits for sports injuries
- High School athletes suffer 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year
- There are 3 times as many catastrophic football injuries among high school athletes as college athletes
- 62% of organized sports-related injuries occur during practices
- Only 42% of schools national fall short of the federally recommended nurse-to-student ratio
Source: Youth Sports Safety Alliance
It is impossible to entirely remove the presence of injuries in the sports world. However, improving awareness will minimize the severity of such injuries and reduce the frequency in which they occur. It is not only important to help spread awareness about the risk that comes with being involved in youth sports, but it is imperative to take precautionary measures for the future. The Youth Sports Safety Alliance is asking various groups to commit to the same guidelines that they have already agreed to follow:
- Ensure that youth athletes have access to health care professionals who are qualified to make assessments and decisions
- Educate parents, athletes, coaches, teachers and others about the signs and symptoms of sports injuries and conditions
- Ensure pre-participation exams before play begins and, where appropriate, conduct baseline testing; visit our MoGo Page dealing with this subject @ http://www.mogosport.com/concussion-testing-awareness
- Ensure that sports equipment, uniforms, playing surfaces and environmental conditions are checked for safety and best conditions
- Write to state legislations and members of Congress, expressing concerns.
- Educate players and others that there’s a difference between pain and injury, and work to eliminate the culture of “playing through pain” without assessment.
- Ensure that both general and sport-specific safety education be a priority for every administrator, coach, parent and player
For more information please visit www.youthsportssafetyalliance.org
Some of the groups that are now working with the Youth Sports Safety Alliance include but are not limited to the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Center for Sports Safety. For a full list of alliance members visit http://www.youthsportssafetyalliance.org/AllianceMembers.htm
Here at MoGo Sport we want to help educate those that are involved in sports and make them aware of the risk and consequences that come with avoiding youth sports injuries. The fact that our mouthguards are flavored will motivate youth athletes to constantly wear their mouthguard. As we like to say here, “ MoGo Mouthguards are the mouthguard that stays in your mouth.” For more information on MoGo Sport you can visit our website at www.mogosport.com.
Young kids tend to always get distracted when playing youth sports. It is important for them to establish and maintain a level of focus that will undoubtedly lead them to success. When young sports kids achieve a certain level of focus, they will find themselves concentrating on everything they need to focus on during gameplay. When youth athletes focus on what they are supposed to during the game, they will become a more efficient and effective athlete. When the focus is directed towards all the right things, they will maximize their confidence and play/perform at their absolute best.
Unfortunately for young athletes, maintaining a high level of focus in sports is not always easy to achieve. Many kids get distracted easily and others are not clear on exactly what they should be focusing on. There are a few common obstacles that youths must overcome when it comes to concentration and focus:
- Focusing too much on the score and/or statistics
- Thinking back to bad performances
- Centering on mistakes
- Becoming distracted by negative comments from teammates and/or parents yelling
- The fear of failure
- Losing focus at critical moments during the game; (feel pressured and become nervous or worried)
- Paying too much attention to the reactions of people watching the game (people, fans, friends, etc.)
- Allowing distractions to overtake mind and can’t back on track mentally
- Mind wanders to other subjects (school, friends, other hobbies, etc.)
Many kids fall into these traps, along with countless others. It is important for young athletes to be made aware of these “traps” and develop strategies to avoid them. It is inevitable that youths will become distracted at times. The difference-maker is how they react when their attention becomes diverted. Do they remain distracted or do they refocus their attention on the game? Clearly explain to your young athlete exactly what these distractions are and how they negatively affect performance. Motivate them to constantly focus on what they need to do each play, each pitch, each shift, etc. Before you know it your young athlete will improve on performance and significantly enhance their gaming experience.
Confidence is the key to success in just about anything a person can do, but this especially plays true in relation to sports. Being confident leaves a person with very little doubt that they won’t be successful. Doubt undermines an athlete’s optimism and takes away from their performance. Athletes need to focus on being confident and visualizing success. Too often athletes concern themselves with worrying about the potentially negative outcomes which are then reflected in their performance.
It is important for young athletes to continually think about all of the positives that come with playing a sport. You need to remind yourself about the good plays and the good performances, not the mistakes, errors and other shortcomings. Sometimes when a young athlete strikes out during their first at-bat of the game, they carry that same at-bat with them for the remainder of the game. This will then affect their play in the field and their other at-bats later on in the game. Athletes need to learn to become confident and look at the “brighter” side of things. Look at each situation with a positive mindset and take advantage of every opportunity. If you strike out your first at-bat, think about how lucky you are to have a couple additional at-bats to get a hit the next time. If you lose a game, move on to thinking about how you are going to win the next one. Don’t dwell on the past because it will only lead to more negative outcomes.
In order to eliminate doubt, athletes must become aware of the thoughts that take away from confidence. Doubters often visualize what the negative outcomes would be like as opposed to what the positive results could be. Don’t think about what it would be like to miss the game-winning shot, but imagine what it would be like to make the game-winner. As a parent or coach you must help the youth athlete define exactly what their doubts are and then replace those doubts with positive and encouraging thoughts that will help maintain their confidence. Confident youth athletes will become much more successful and enhance their overall experience as a result.
It is critical for parents and coaches to help motivate children who are playing youth sports to stay positive and have fun. Too often young athletes get frustrated after they don’t meet their high expectations and then they proceed to give up.
Young kids feel like they need to get a hit every time they’re at-bat or make every basket they shoot. The truth of the matter is that these goals and expectations are impossible to achieve. It’s great for these young athletes to be ambitious and goal-oriented, but it is essential to their success that they set reachable goals.
When young athletes get frustrated it is often related to their expectations. They want to be perfect in their play when realistically all they are doing is setting themselves up for failure and disappointment. It is inevitable that children are going to drop passes or miss goals or make errors. It’s important for parents and coaches to understand that children’s unattainable goals can be detrimental to their experience.
When kids are constantly thinking about their high and often unrealistic expectations it takes away from their performance. They focus on achieving their goals more than playing the game and having fun. As soon as the child makes a mistake or two and the goals become out of reach, they get frustrated and sometimes tend to give up. Once they lose their confidence and their attitude weakens, performance drops along with their enthusiasm.
As sports parents and coaches, you need to help children establish realistic goals that can actually be achieved. Helping them improve on little things will add up to bigger achievements in the long run. Having high expectations that are rarely accomplished take away from a child’s confidence and overall experience with a game they are supposed to be having fun with. Help keep kids motivated by helping them set goals that they can reach. The sense of accomplishment that comes with successfully obtaining a goal will help build a child’s confidence and improve on their performance, ultimately resulting in them having an enjoyable experience.
There are millions of kids involved with youth sports across the United States, whether it’s on a baseball diamond or a basketball court, an ice rink or football field. Not only are these children getting a chance to run around with friends and experience some great exercise, they are also learning some valuable life lessons. Sports are a great place for kids to learn how to deal with adversity and learn how to master skills on their own. The National Council of Youth Sports estimates that about 41 million boys and girls play organized sports and that number has been growing steadily.
It’s important for these children to take their own initiative when it comes to youth sports. Parents often become too involved with their child’s performance and they take away from the experience. It’s good for kids to learn how to bounce back if they strike out or miss a shot and to talk to their coach if they don’t think they’re getting enough playing time. When parents get too consumed with what is going on with their child’s youth sports career, the child will notice and it often puts a tremendous amount of pressure on them. It’s great for parents to support their children, but they need to find the right balance of involvement in order for the child to get the most out of their experience. If parents really do want their children to enjoy amateur sports they need to have their child go out and learn life lessons from actual experiences.
Children get an immediate sense of belonging to something when they join a youth sports team; they get the uniform, the trophy, the team name, the nicknames, the photos and the interaction with each other at school. Recreational leagues that let everybody play, regardless of their ability, make kids feel worthwhile and give them a sense of self-respect and dignity. It also gives them some control and a chance to make their own decisions in a world run by parents and teachers. These children are going to be learning to use the tools that apply to each sport along with the rules that come with them. The more they learn, the more they are in control. With playing youth sports also comes an education on sportsmanship and how to control your emotions.
It’s very important for parents to see their children as good athletes regardless of their performance. Building their confidence will not only make them perform at a higher level, but it will also encourage them to have more fun. Tying a child’s self-esteem to their performance can be devastating. Children should be complimented regardless of their performance, as long as they try their best. Parents need to find a balance between supporting and motivating their kids.
If you find yourself as a mom or dad pushing your kid to do things (i.e. try out for a travel team or to go to practice seven days a week) and the kid doesn’t have the enthusiasm to do it, ultimately the kid is going to walk away from the sport, probably a lot sooner than you anticipate. And when kids walk away they don’t come back.
It’s also important as a parent to remain calm if your child makes a mistake. One of the biggest things that sports teach a kid is that it’s OK to make a mistake. In the game of baseball a successful hitter has a batting average right around .300, meaning that they only get a hit three out of ten times. When you make a mistake it’s ok. You can learn from it and move on. If parents overact, kids are more likely to get emotional and beat themselves up over a mistake instead of making adjustments to fix the problem.
Parents need to make an effort to praise their children for the good things they do in a game instead of focusing on what they need to improve on. They need to remember that youth sports are all about the kids having fun and learning things on their own. Complimenting your child will build their confidence and make them proud of what they are doing. The truth is inevitable that only a small percentage of the population is capable of continuing their youth sports career through high school and college and into the professional level. However, the life lessons that these youth sports teach will always be there. It’s up to the parents and how they handle themselves when it comes to maximizing their child’s youth sports experience.