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Old 08-05-2011, 05:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there - I'm new here and just after some advice. My son has always been interested in martial arts, something I have encouraged and he is looking at joining a club.
I am happy for him to have such an interest, but obviously, as his Mum, it is my job to worry about him!! I want to get a step ahead and look at protective wear for him. What is the most important thing I should look at for him? I'm assuming it is a mouthguard/headguard?
Any help greatly received.
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It depends on what kind of martial art your son is going to practice, but yes, a mouthbuard would be the first thing I'd recommend for any kind of contact sport (so even i.e. for basket ball). He should wear it any time he does an exercise with a partner and not only when he's fighting. Any other part of the body can heal, but a broken tooth will not. It will also help him for his fighting performance, as there are many people who wear their mouthguard only when fighting and then have problems at breathing with it, because they are not used to wearing it.

Next gear would be a groin cup. Any other type of protective gear depends on the type of martial art he's going to do. His trainer should be able to give him/you specific advise.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for your reply. Any suggestions on where I can get a good quality mouthguard from?

I will ask his trainer where they suggest too.

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Old 08-17-2011, 06:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It depends on how much you want invest. If you are willing to spend $200-300, a dentist custom made mouthguard would be your choice. These kind of mouthguards are the best I know of (there are other brands which work with similar technique)

So called "boil and bite" mouthguards range from $5-$40. These you put into hot water for 90sec so they get soft then put them into the mouth to mold them on the teeth. If your son is not starting full contact competition right away, a good boil and bite mouthguard is sufficient.

How old is you son¿ For younger people there are smaller sized "boil and bite" mouthguards, usually having something like "junior" added to their name.
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