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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-31

Assessment of knowledge, attitude, and practices toward orofacial injuries among students engaged in sports from Davangere city: A cross sectional survey


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka, India
2 Inters, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Apoorva Shukla
Post Graduate, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijohs.ijohs_33_19

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Context: Traumatic dental injury (TDI) is a common occurrence during sports practice and training sessions which can be determined by the intensity and frequency of the contact. To prevent sport-related oral and facial injuries, the sports personnel should have adequate knowledge regarding occurrence, severity, and prevention of trauma. Studies with regard to awareness about orofacial injuries among sports personnel in Davangere city were not found. Aim: The aim is to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices toward orofacial injuries among students of sports academy in Davangere city. Settings and Design: Sports academy and Hostel, Davangere; cross-sectional survey. Subjects and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional survey was conducted among 305 sports students in sports academy in Davangere city. A twenty items self-designed structured, close-ended questionnaire was administered to the participants. Statistical Analysis Used: Results were generated in terms of frequencies and percentages using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences Software 20 version IBM 20. Results: Out of 305 students, majority of the students were males. Forty-four percent of the participants had suffered from injuries to the face while playing sports. The most common type of injury was the fracture of a part of the tooth (51.4%). Falling during sports was the major cause of injury (48.81). Many of the participants were unaware of the fact about replantation of an avulsed tooth. Only 32.1% of the participants had used mouth guards. Seventy-two percent have never interacted with medical or dental experts regarding safety measures for the face and mouth during the sport activities. Conclusions: The study participant's knowledge was inadequate; attitude was moderate and poor practice toward prevention and management for orofacial injuries. Hence, they should be sensitized to the knowledge of sports-related injuries and its prevention and treatment.


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