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CWSF 2012 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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I have recently moved to Whitehorse, Yukon from Ottawa and am enjoying my first year here. I snowboard and skateboard, but also play competitive hockey and have for years. My dad makes me wear a mouth guard since they are required in Ontario, even though they are not required in Yukon and BC. He says it helps prevent concussions, i did my project to test this. I would like to further validate my results and since my results didn`t show that mouth guards prevent concussions, I thought it might be interesting to look at a different type of mouthguard that would help. My advice to other student doing a project would be to start early!

Jacob Newkirk

Mythbusting Mouth Guards
Region:Yukon Stikine
City:Whitehorse, YT
School:Christ the King Elementary
Abstract:I tested the ability of objects and various mouthguards to absorb energy passing through a metal jaw. Objects that could be deformed did a better job at absorbing energy than any of the mouthguards. My conclusion is we need to rethink how we design mouthguards to prevent concussions.

Awards Value
Excellence Award - Junior
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$2 700.00