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Frequency wore mouthguard during football, past 12 months

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For sample children age 7 to 17 (in 1991) or 7 to 15 (in 1998) who played football as part of an organized sport during the past 12 months (PLAYFOOTB), MGFOOTB reports responses to the question, "During the past 12 months, when playing football, how often did [sample child] wear a mouth guard to protect [his/her] mouth and teeth-- all or most of the time, some of the time, once in awhile, or never?"

The 1991 Field Representative's Manual defines "organized sports" as any sport that has a sponsor, including school-related activities (such as school varsity or junior varsity teams, intramural or club sports, and physical education classes) or sports played through community organizations, Little League, recreation centers, or Scouts, as well as private lessons.

Related Variables 

The similar variable HGFOOTB reports how often children wore protective headgear while playing football.

Information was also collected on how often children wore a mouthguard when playing the following sports during the past 12 months:

This series of questions was designed to obtain baseline data on child safety and to monitor progress in that area for the "Year 200 Objectives of the Nation," a series of specific and quantifiable health objectives set forward by the Department of Health and Human Services in 1990.


Apart from the change in universe, MGFOOTB is comparable for 1991 and 1998.


  • 1991: Sample persons age 7 to 17 who played football as an orgnized sport during the past 12 months.
  • 1998: Sample children age 7 to 15 who played football as an organized sport during the past 12 months.


  • 1991, 1998