Improving your athletic performance starts at Library Park Dental. Studies have shown that the instinctive reaction to physical exertion includes clenching the jaw. The jaw clenching signals the release of hormones (including cortisol) that can inhibit ability, increase fatigue, and distract an athlete from the job at hand.
A wide variety of mouth wear is available, from options that protect in full-contact sports like football or hockey to limited contact sports like soccer or baseball. Even people participating in non-contact activities like golf or tennis can benefit from performance mouth wear.
Under Armour, Performance Mouthwear has been designed to pivot the jaw forward which stops the cycle of clenching – cortisol release – fatigue. By breaking the cycle, the athlete is better able to perform and complete their tasks.
Studies indicate that Under Armour Mouthwear increases strength and endurance and speeds up reaction time. There is improved airflow, which allows more oxygen to reach tired muscles and results in 25% less lactic acid build-up after a half-hour of strenuous exercise.
Reducing impact helps to minimize the G forces that can cause concussions. The Performance Mouthguards have been shown to reduce the force of blows to the jaw by up to 20%.
Call the office today to get more information about the Under Armour Mouthwear that we have available for you.
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