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CAN A MOUTHGUARD MAKE YOU A BETTER RACER, ATHLETE?

CAN A MOUTHGUARD MAKE YOU A BETTER RACER, ATHLETE?

Top Fuel rookie Justin Ashley wouldn't say he was skeptical as much as intrigued by the notion.

The two-sport high school star who went on to play college football was intrigued when told a mouthpiece, a device created to protect his teeth, could lead to improved athletic performance.
Photo credit: Sportscasting.com

Do Baseball Players Wear Mouthguards?

Anybody who watches NBA games has likely seen multiple players chewing on their mouthguards between plays. It makes sense; basketball involves lots of elbows flying and other mishaps that could lead to unplanned trips to the dentist. In baseball, however, mouthguards are more of an open secret among MLB players.

A look at the science of baseball shows that mouthguards can help with a variety of issues that come with playing America’s favorite pastime. From simple stress relief to the ability to control breathing, everyone who takes the field with one of these guards has a reason to do so.

These reasons provide a fascinating look inside an aspect of baseball that doesn’t get much coverage.

TAD RACER JUSTIN ASHLEY PROMOTES DRIVER WELL-BEING WITH INNOVATIVE MOUTH GUARD

TAD RACER JUSTIN ASHLEY PROMOTES DRIVER WELL-BEING WITH INNOVATIVE MOUTH GUARD

Top Alcohol Dragster racer Justin Ashley understands the importance of driver safety. He's also in tune with the importance of a driver's well-being, which is just as important. 

Ashley, throughout his second season, has been racing with the aid of a custom-fitted GuardLab mouthguard. While some might be content to get something from a local sports store, he believes you get what you pay for.

October 11, 2018 — Flo Kirley
Guardlab’s 3D Printed Mouth Guards Are Changing the Way the UFC Fights. Photo Matt Martin. Article by Lili Goksenin

Guardlab’s 3D Printed Mouth Guards Are Changing the Way the UFC Fights

Aidan Butler has taken teeth, yes teeth, and made them interesting thanks to a few 3D printing machines and some seriously famous athletes.

It's worth mentioning that Guardlab is a young company—really young. It was founded in 2014 but went live in 2015 making them just about 2 or 3 years old depending on how you look at it. In that time, they've not only become the official mouth guard of the most brutal sport on earth, but they provide mouth guards to the New England Patriots, The White Sox, The Blue Jays, Georgetown University, the Australian Football League, the whole of the Renzo Gracie Academy, and more.

February 21, 2017 — Flo Kirley
Bite Down for Safety's Sake

Bite Down for Safety's Sake

Bite Down for Safety's Sake

Written By Raylene Knutson for Frontier Magazine, Issue 03

Getting hit in the head is the reality in many sports. The increasing ubiquity of helmets is a testament to that. Whether it be hockey, skiing, cycling, or many others, head protection is everywhere. Far less common is a piece of safety equipment that could do just as much to protect against injuries: the mouthguard.
December 19, 2016 — Flo Kirley
Local startup wants to supply MLB with mouth guards

Local startup wants to supply MLB with mouth guards

Mouth guards are standard equipment for football and hockey players, but a startup is persuading even baseball and soccer players to use its pricey mouthpieces.

New York-based GuardLab, which uses 3-D scanning technology to make custom-fit mouthpieces, has already scanned 16 members of the Chicago White Sox organization this week at Spring training and just named Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays to be on its advisory board and serve as a brand ambassador.

Stephen Curry of the Warriors in December. CreditJeff Chiu/Associated Press

In a League of Flying Elbows, the Use of Mouth Guards Soars

By joining the growing faction of N.B.A. players who choose to wear a mouth guard in games, a player is forced to confront a certain small issue: Where do you keep the thing when you’re on the bench?

Mason Plumlee of the Nets tucks his mouthpiece inside one of his socks, which he acknowledged is “not the most sanitary place in the world.” Rajon Rondo of the Dallas Mavericks has been observed spitting his straight down through the collar of his jersey — though where it lands, exactly, has remained something of a mystery. Cole Aldrich of the Knicks often takes the curved, wet plastic and hooks it around one of his ears.

February 10, 2015 — Flo Kirley