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Prosthet Orthot Int. 2013 Aug;37(4):329-31. doi: 10.1177/0309364612463929. Epub 2012 Nov 9.

Face-protective orthosis in sport-related injuries.

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Orthotics and Prosthetics Department, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Kamiar_g@yahoo.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIM:

Sport is associated with risk of injury and re-injury. A rehabilitative sport-related orthosis could protect the injured site and help in the earlier return of athlete to the match. This technical note aims to describe a potential high-prescribed face orthosis to protect/prevent a sport-related injury.

TECHNIQUE:

Face-protective orthosis should be custom molded from negative impression of the injured athlete's face. It is lightweight and structured as a one-piece rigid plastic shell that is secured in place with three elastic straps. Due to the diverse patterns of craniomaxillofacial injuries, the shape, length, trimline, and characteristics of face-protective orthoses could be different.

DISCUSSION:

Face-protective orthoses could have prophylactic or rehabilitative roles according to task and prescription reason. Although the main action of the facial orthoses should be protection, the design of the face-protective orthosis should be improved both functionality and aesthetically to promote its use by athletes.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE:

The craniomaxillofacial injuries have potential to be treated by custom-molded face-protective orthoses. These orthoses could have prophylactic or rehabilitative roles based on their prescription purpose. These orthoses could cause earlier return of athletes to sports matches.

KEYWORDS:

Face-protective orthosis; craniomaxillofacial injury; sport

PMID:
23144162
DOI:
10.1177/0309364612463929
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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