Title: 0493 - Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Filipino Basketball Players on Mouthguard


Beatrice Alcantara (Presenter)
University of the Philippines Manila

Diana Dela Pasion, University of the Philippines Manila
Paul Adrian Soriano, University of the Philippines Manila
Priscilla Grace C. Dimacali, University of the Philippines Manila


Objectives: To determine (1) knowledge, attitudes and practices of professional basketball players on mouthguards in preventing traumatic dental injuries (TDI), (2) prevalence of TDI by type, and (3) prevalence of mouthguard use.

Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study design utilizing self- administered questionnaires was used. From a total enumeration of a study population of 201 players, 170 respondents (rr=84.6%) were obtained.

Results: Among the players, 91.67% are knowledgeable on mouthguard use in preventing TDI, most commonly because of medical professionals. The most familiar mouthguard was the custommade type. Only 34.55% of the participants have experienced using mouthguards during their PBA career, most frequently because of advice by a dentist or physician (42.19%) and for protection (43.75%). Reasons for not using are (1) never thought about it (44.04%) and (2) discomfort (43.12%). Among the players, 66.86% have experienced TDI in the PBA. Soft tissue lacerations were the most frequent type of injury, although the sum total of injuries confined to the teeth (n=104 of 113) outnumbered soft tissue lacerations (n=96 of 113). While only 38.41% have a positive attitude towards the PBA requiring mouthguard use, 79.63% have a positive attitude towards educating and promoting mouthguard use among PBA players regardless of history of TDI, preferably by either a dental professional (66.67%) or an athletic trainer (46.51%).

Conclusions: Almost all professional basketball players are knowledgeable on mouth guards in preventing TDIs; however, majority have no experience of using mouth guards. Most common reasons for wearing mouth guards are recommendation by a dentist or physician and protection. Most common reasons for not wearing mouth guards are not having thought about it and discomfort. While most of the players do not agree with the PBA requiring mouthguard use, majority are willing to be educated on mouthguard use by a dentist or an athletic trainer

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