mouth guardIn view of the importance of mouth guards in cushioning blows that might otherwise cause broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw, the Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF) has made it compulsory for all contestants to use mouth guards for competitions with immediate effect from 6 January 2008.

The colour of the mouthpiece must be white or transparent. Exemption from the use of the mouthpiece will be granted only if a medical doctor certifies in writing that it may cause harm to the contestant.

The mouth guard worn by participants must be resilient, tear-resistant and comfortable. It should fit properly, durable, easy to clean and not restrict breathing. STF official supplier, Liang Seng Sports Equipment, carries stock of the mouthpieces.

Members may purchase the mouthpieces through their respective coaches.