SECONDARY SCHOOL ATHLETES: A STUDY OF MOUTHGUARDS: MATERIALS AND METHODS

9 Dec
2009

MATERIALS AND METHODS

This survey was part of an effort to create awareness concerning mouthguard use in sports in Ibadan, Nigeria, initiated by the author.

A 13-item (besides demographic characteristics such as age, gender, name of school) questionnaire was constructed and copies distributed to 1,200 secondary school students in 23 schools randomly selected from different parts of Ibadan city. The study was conducted between May and June 2002. One-thousand-one hundred-twenty-seven students —683 (60.6%>) males and 444 (39.4%) females—ranging in age from 12 to 19 years (mean age 15.18±2.97 SD) completed and returned the forms. The consent of the subjects to participate in the study was earlier sought and received after the approval to conduct the study was received from the appropriate school authority.
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The self-completion questionnaire sought information concerning each athlete’s use of mouthguards and any history of oral trauma while participating in sports. Positive responses to previous trauma were qualified concerning the type and location of the injury, the sport during which the injury occurred, and whether the athlete was wearing a mouthguard at the time of injury.

Statistical Analysis

Descriptive statistics, such as mean age and standard deviation, were done. The data was also analyzed using chi-square statistic for significance of observed differences and test of association, accepting p<0.05 as significant. All the analyses were done using the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS for Windows). cialis professional

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