Visiting the dentist has long been proven to improve a person’s overall health and prevent future dental issues. With the introduction of Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™, we can now also improve an athlete’s strength, endurance and reaction time and reduce athletic stress.
In recent months, UnderArmour, a USA based company specialising in sport performance clothing, has introduced these new dentally fabricated sports appliances which are designed to provide all sportsman [and those with physically active careers] a noticeable improvement in all aspects of physical activity.
As an authorised provider of Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™, I have started fitting Under Armour’s innovative new line of custom mouthpieces and mouthguards which are designed to improve athletic performance.
Powered by ArmourBite™ patented mouthwear technology which has been developed by US company Bite Tech, Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ introduces an entirely new category of sports equipment. ArmourBite® Mouthpieces and ArmourBite® Contact Sport Mouthguards are safe and custom built. Now, athletes in any sport – from football to golf to running – can capitalise on innovative technology that makes you, stronger, faster, better.
This simple scientifically researched, designed, light weight and unobtrusively comfortable to wear appliance quite simply repositions the contact relationship between the upper and lower jaws which strengthens the head and neck area. In doing so, this also improves both the positioning and strength of the lower skeletal / muscular system into a balance that naturally improves physical performance and reduces fatigue while engaging in all types of sporting and physical activity.
As an authorised dental provider, I am able to equip athletes with the same technology used by hundreds of professional, Olympic and amateur athletes. The easy and completely painless custom-fitting process typically takes less than 20 minutes.
I now offer both the UA Performance Mouthpiece for non-contact sports, such as golf, tennis, cycling and running and the UA Performance Mouthguard, which provides superior protection and comfort for contact sports, such as rugby, hockey, lacrosse, martial arts and wrestling.
For more information and to arrange a custom fitting, call 020 7580 9696 or visit www.underarmour.com.
In essence, the science is based on the following:
In physical exertion, there is a natural tendency to clench the jaws which, in turn, compresses the jaw joints and with an associated tendency to ‘hold your breath.
Compression of the jaw joints sends a signal to the body’s ‘fight or flight’ mechanism by the production of Cortisol – the body’s ‘stress hormone.
Although this trigger is useful in extreme circumstances of, for example, sudden preparation to defend or escape, this stimulation is only beneficial over a short period of time.
The associated continual Cortisol release over a prolonged period of time rapidly starts to drain and exhaust the body’s natural energy resources with associated excess build up of lactic acid and decrease in oxygen intake.
So, although, the body of highly trained athletes can continue to produce a great performance, it is only enhanced by prior training not by nature.
These appliances have a very thin bite plate which fits over the back teeth and prevent the above mentioned jaw joint compression and, in doing so, breaks the ‘fight or flight’ Cortisol production and opens of the airway to allow optimal oxygen intake. It also reduces physical and mental tension, improved oxygenation which leads to reduction in body fatigue and the associated improvement in performance, faster recovery time.