GREENWICH, CT – New research published in the Journal of the American Dental Association finds that wearing an ArmourBite mouthpiece improves endurance, exercise intensity and recovery.
The study, led by Dr. Dena Garner, head of the Department of Heath, Exercise and Sports Science at The Citadel, showed that participants wearing an ArmourBite Mouthpiece during steady state exercise experienced significant improvements in their oxygen and carbon dioxide exchanges. Specifically, the participants wearing ArmourBite took in 29% more oxygen, while expelling 21% more carbon dioxide than the subjects not wearing the mouthpiece.
“Our initial research showed an improvement in endurance, but this latest study identifies the exact gas exchange mechanism that was contributing to those positive results,” said Dr. Garner. “These endurance findings are significant for any athlete, but particularly those involved in endurance sports such as running, triathlons, football, hockey and soccer.”
This gas exchange study is the latest in a series of mouthpiece research conducted at The Citadel and previously published in Compendium, a peer reviewed dental journal (July/August 2009). According to prior research, the ArmourBite Mouthpiece creates a slight separation between the lower and upper teeth, while in turn shifting the jaw down and forward. This repositioning has been proven to help reduce cortisol and lactate levels.
Bite Tech, Inc., created the ArmourBite technology featuring the company’s patented Power Wedges, and is available in Under Armour Performance Mouthwear that is custom fit by authorized providers or available in a “boil and bite” version sold at Under Armour’s key retail outlets.
Studies have proven that UA Performance Mouthwear will help an athlete improve strength, endurance and reaction time, reduce athletic stress, and with the mouthguard, reduce impact from blows to the jaw.
An abstract and complete write‑up on the recent gas exchange study can be accessed at www.jada.ada.org.