Author(s): Sane J, Lindqvist C, Kontio R
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Abstract Sports-related maxillofacial fractures were analysed in 80 patients, accounting for 5.6\% of all patients with facial bone fractures, treated during the 5-year period 1981-1985. 55\% of the patients had 1 or more mandibular fractures and 45\% had midface fractures. 6\% of the patients had multiple injuries. The most common causes of injury were collision and fall. Soccer and ice hockey turned out to be the most hazardous sports, although sports-related maxillofacial fractures were less severe than those related to other causes. The need for oral and facial protection among athletes involved in contact sports is discussed.
This article was published in Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg
and referenced in Dentistry