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Mouthguard increases strength?

by JP Bill / February 14, 2007 7:37 PM PST
Mouthguard vows to put bite into sports

Makkar is eagerly convincing an at-first-disbelieving public that a mouthguard really can improve an athlete's performance and strength.

Lori Graham of P.E.I., whose sport of choice is boxing, is at first skeptical.

"I have a mouthguard from my dentist. How is this one better?" she asks.

Makkar has Graham stand with her arms straight out on either side of her and gets her to resist as he pushes down. He then has her stand with arms straight out in front of her, hands in fists, and again gets her to resist as he pushes down. Finally he stands next to her, gets her to form a fist and pulls straight up on her arm.

Each time he is able to push her arms down or up.

Then he gets her to hold a pen in her teeth and tries all the tests again. This time, Graham is easily able to resist him.

"You're not trying!" she says, still skeptical until an obliging reporter steps in to show her the pen somehow is making a difference.

Makkar also demonstrates how holding the pen in her mouth helps Graham easily move her head farther from side to side.

"I thought it was a gimmick!" she says.

"Everybody does," Makkar replies.

The pen test is a parlour trick that demonstrates the principles of neuromuscular dentistry.

Makkar says the concept has been around since the 1940s, this is just the first time anyone has applied the knowledge in this particular way.
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it's "different muscles doing the same job"
by jonah jones / February 14, 2007 10:47 PM PST

a simple test, (shown to me by a Rolfing expert) point your big toe as far as it can go, -aiming for a straight line between knee and big toe- now tell them to pull there heel towards the calf muscle, big toe goes further? ......



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Not a new phenomenon. Olympic weightlifters found out about
by Ziks511 / February 4, 2011 4:54 AM PST

it in the 60's or 70's and have used custom bite-guards ever since. You used to be able to buy them in Drug Stores too.

But, in the words of Slappy Squirrel on Animaniacs "So whadda ya want? I'm old."


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