Can A Mouthguard Improve Athletic Performance? | Lifemoves

Can A Mouthguard Improve Athletic Performance?

Our body is an interconnected and reactive system. Poor alignment in one joint, such as the left shoulder, will create an opposite and equal reaction, usually in the right hip, so that we remain balanced – even though this is not optimal alignment for proper function. How can we easily make the shift back?

Neuro-muscular dentistry has designed a mouth guard to put the jaw in proper alignment in order for our entire body to reach its optimal performance state. This notion was originally used to treat TMJ and sleep apnea, but recently has found new benefits to improve athletic performance. But just how does a mouth guard help your game?

The Makkar Pure Power Mouthguard™ has been shown to improve posture, strength, range of motion, power and balance. All this from a mouthguard? You got it! This new optimal state that your jaw is in with the mouthguard has more efficient neuromuscular functioning, as well as opening up your airway to enhance oxygen flow. There have been numerous double-blind studies to support these findings, and have enough research to back up that vertical jump height was significantly higher while wearing the mouthguard, and during Wingate testing, there was greater peak power as well as average mean power during intervals.

So, how does it improve athletic performance? With the jaw properly aligned, the muscles of the neck, jaw and face are at their most productive state, which also happens to be the most restful. Neuromuscular dentists use TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) to relax your jaw. They make the mouthguard to suit your jaw based on this position.

Many athletes wear these mouthguards. It serves multiple purposes by protecting the teeth, helping prevent concussions, as well as producing this optimal state. It is not only popular among those who play contact sports, but many golfers have also been known to wear these mouthguards to add more power to their shot. Sport icons Shaquille O’Neil and Terrell Owens also have their own signature series.

Did it give the New Orleans Saints an advantage over their competition? The 2009 Superbowl champs were fitted for these mouthguards, leading them to a 13-3 season on their way to the Superbowl. They were the only team in the NFL to have these mouthguards. Do you think that they played a factor in helping them to take the Superbowl title? Let us know what you think.

Note: This is for informational purposes only. We are not endorsing this device.

References

Farris, M. (2009) Saints players say revolutionary mouth guards helping on field. WWLTV.com. Retrieved from: WWLTV

Makkar Athletics Group. (2010). Pure Power Mouthguards. Retrieved from title link.

Alfred Ball

CEO | Practicing Kinesiologist | Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist. He founded Lifemoves in 2007. He has been a Practicing Kinesiologist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with the NSCA for over 15 years. When he isn't helping people regain their strength and confidence to move with ease he is hanging out with his wife and young son, writing, or training for his next endurance running race. His big audacious goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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