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Original scientific paper


Davor Seifert ; School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Vjekoslav Jerolimov ; Stomatološki fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu
Dario Bojčić ; Privatna stomatološka ordinacija, Split

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Water-polo is a very difficult and demanding sport, and very popular in Croatia. Investigation on number, type and severity of injuries during water-polo was conducted on 121 Croatian 1st Division water-polo players using questionnaires. Average years of training were 11,77, and average time playing in 1st division 5,55 years. Total amount of injuries was 1034 during career, and mean number of injuries was 1,54 per player annually. Orofacial injuries comprise 74,02% of all injuries. Among them 39,45% were bruises and cuts of lips. Most orofacial injuries are experienced by pivots, than guards, followed by forwards and least by goalkeepers. The prevalence of injuries is high, but mostly injuries are not severe. Light injuries, healed without therapy or only exceptionally cured after minor medical treatment is not stimulating for mouthguard use. Most of injuries were preventable or can be diminished with use of mouthguards. The use of mouthguards is recommended but not mandatory, as well as the maintenance of equipment and dentist well educated in treatment of orofacial injuries during water polo matches.


orofacial injuries, water-polo

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