Mouthguards That Boost Performance

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011, 11:04 am

Back to school means back to practice for our student athletes. Mouthguards are required for contact sports like football but should also be considered for non-contact sports to better protect your child’s teeth. Over the past few years a new type of mouthpiece has become available from Under Armour — one that will enhance athletic performance!

The ancient Greeks would bite down on leather straps during competition and the Romans used leather bits to give them an edge on the battlefield. They didn’t understand why this worked, they only understood that it gave them an advantage. Fast forward to today — scientists have discovered that clenching our jaws is a natural part of our body mechanics. This clenching causes the release of cortisol which causes fatigue and stress, not something you want during a big game.

Under Armour technology has created performance mouthpieces that allow the athlete to breath better, increase strength and endurance and reduce the production of cortisol due to athletic stress. By pivoting the jaw forward the athlete cannot clench their teeth allowing them to utilize their full physical potential. These custom mouthpieces created by Under Armour and your dentist have been proven to aide athletic performance. There are also mouthguards available for athletes in contact sports which offer the same benefits.

For more information about Under Armour performance mouthpieces and mouthguards please contact our Toccoa office today at 706-886-9439. Remember, these make great back-to-school gifts for your athletic super-star!

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