Is There a Connection Between Teeth and Athletic Performance
Have you heard of the concept of athletes biting down on leather straps to receive an edge during competition? The Viking and Roman warriors used this method on the battlefield to achieve more of a focus.
It is a fact that when you compete or even when you train, the natural reaction is to “clench the jaw.” You have probably heard of “fight or flight” wiring of the brain. It is part of the sympathetic nervous system that helps keep us safe when an emergency arises.
When we are in this “fight or flight” mode, the body produces excess amounts of cortisol, the stress hormone, which also produces fatigue and distraction. The jaw automatically is clenched causing compression of your TMJ – temporomandibular joint. Not a good thing for the health of your teeth and your jaw!
Dentists and other professionals believe that when you are able to unlock the jaw, this prevents the teeth from clenching, which pivots your jaw forward to relieve pressure on the TMJ. By this happening, the body can unleash its full potential. There will not be any excess stress or the energy-draining effects that would normally take place while competing or training for your sport or favorite activity.
Studies show by reducing the stress and relieving pressure on the jaw, you can increase strength, increase endurance, speed up reaction time and reduce the impact of getting hit in the jaw. It gives you, as an athlete, a better edge to perform.
Research shows that a high percentage of sports accidents involving the mouth could be prevented if more athletes educated themselves and wore the correct mouth gear. How much money, time and patient comfort could be saved on a yearly basis if more people started protecting themselves by taking preventive measures?
One of the most important benefits to you is that you will have maximum protection you can count on to protect your mouth and your teeth while playing sports. That in itself could provide you a lot more confidence and peace of mind, allowing you to excel to a new level.