Oh man. You are telling us that Barry Bonds didn't need BALCO? That Roger Clemens should have bypassed Brian McNamee on the way to Cooperstown? That a new mouth guard on the market will produce performance-enhancing results equal to HGH or steroids? That's going to be hard to chew on.
This is what the Wizard of Odds says. As the best college football site on the Internet, those boys know what they are talking about.
The Pure Power Mouthguard, manufactured by Pure Power Athletics Group, uses bilateral electrical stimulation to relax face muscles, allowing the rest of the body to work more effectively.
Ninety percent of people don't align their jaws properly, according to the manufacturer's site, which causes facial muscles to be "unhappy." The company said there was a physical connection between these muscles and body posture, which in turn has an impact on athletic performance.
Forget sports. How about the ACT/SATs? L-SATs? How about Hilary Clinton on the campaign trail. Is there enough time to get her jaws aligned properly for big wins in Texas and Ohio tomorrow?
Maybe that won't happen. But the claim of lower jaw alignment producing improved balance and increased upper body strength? Come on this is 2008. Perhaps proper lower jaw alignment will decrease headaches, or allow you to chew properly. But increased upper body strength? Bite us.
University athletes will be trying out a new mouth guard that safely reproduces some of the effects of steroids and the human growth hormone, said Dr. Michael Bixby, a Rutgers College alumnus.
He said players from the Rutgers football and basketball teams would likely test the product as part of an intense University study that aims to determine the guard's reported benefits, although Jason Baum, assistant athletic director for football media and public relations, said he was not aware of any such plans at press time.
Right about now Rutgers should be looking at their graduation rolls. Someone slipped by without taking a science course.
Of course mouthguards are important to prevent dental and facial injuries. TMJ is a problem in sports. But these claims of enhanced performance? Let's hope no one bites on that claim.
There has been a significant increase in the number of individuals participating in contact sports. As a result, every effort must be made to provide the athletes with protection against mouth injuries. In this review the use, construction and benefits of mouthguards in all sports has been described. There is unanimous opinion attesting to the benefits of such protective devices and in those sports where the athlete is required to wear a mouth guard, a dramatic decrease in the number and severity of injuries has been reported...
Studies on performance enhancement as a result of mandibular orthopaedic repositioning appliances have also been reviewed. Long term studies are required to assess the claims of ergogenic enhancement utilising proper study design. Current evidence exists relating to the effects of psychological phenomena on athletic performance, and it is believed the placebo effect contributes to the findings of performance improvement.