Sunday, May 29, 2022

Face Mask for Sports

Eddy Leopoldo Fuentes, CPO

Hi to all:

Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond and for their valuable input
to my request regarding the face mask for sports. Special thanks to Ted
Trower, CPO, FAAOPT and John Schulte, CPO, FAAOP who were able to share
power points presentations on the subject.

Seem like the materials mostly used are: VIVAK PET G, DURR PLEX, UVEX,

Here is original post following by the replies.

Hi to all:

I am looking assistance regarding the appropriate materials and designs for
sports face mask. If anyone can share a power point on the subject that will
be greatly appreciated.


· I used UVex in the beginning, but switched to O&P transparent
plastics later on. Usually used Durplex or Surlyn. Remember total contact
but relief over the fracture site. If you can stay off of the mandible you
will have less problem with it shifting. Elastic Velcro Straps are the
easiest if you have them. Above and below the ears and one on top. Have
them intersect just above the occipital area. If this is for sports and not
a burn you do not need the detail of an alginate impression. If you need
more specific help, get back to me. Terry

· I have made them for all types of sports teams professional and
scholastic. Here is a program that I have made up. Yours to use if you
wish…. Good Luck, John

· Looking to get in contact with Troy Fink, CPO, Thanks. Mike

· We had been using a 3/16″ Vivak. I had learned from Gary McHale,
who is the orthotist who fabricated Rip Hamilton’s mask. Last I heard he may
have retired, but you can try contacting him. He was plaster molding the
faces still. I am currently using a laser scanner and fabricating from a
company in FL called Merimed…they are also the Bioscanner people. Good
Luck, Sean

· I do not have a PP but have made them frequently. I take a mold of
the face using either: Plaster of Paris, DuPont RTV 3100 Silicone or
Alginate Impression Material I fill the mold and make appropriate
modifications. I add thermo-foam pads in key areas to protect the necessary
structures and provide shock absorption. (Can be done after molding as well)
I mold the mask from 3-5mm Dura Plex (old Flexilene). This is a flexible and
shock absorbent material. If you want a more rigid material use Surlyn. Good
luck. Jim

· I usually use 3/16 (durr plex, vivak, pet-G all the same thing
just different names). If anyone gives you different materials I would like
to know what they recommend. Jim

· We used alginate and smeared it on the face lightly. I then
splinted it with plaster to reinforce. We also used fuzzy velcro to get it
to stick. Just avoid the nostrils if you can. We used surlyn or durr-flex
for the plastic, but there are others. Most of the time a half-mask is
adequate to provide support for the bridge of the nose. Hope that helps,

· PET Item#: 111P18/2mm Or in PET Item#: 111P18/3mm Suitable for
deep drawing, recommended for facial masks after burn injuries or facial
fractures Highly break-proof, n evident shrinking, skin-safe, can be
sterilized-moldable @ 140 degrees Celsius. Let me know if you need
additional info. Stephanie

Eddy Leopoldo Fuentes, C.P.O.


Certified by The American Board for Certification in Orthotics and

Active member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists-AAOP

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