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  • Protection and Power: Take Your Mouthguard Seriously

    Protection and Power: Take Your Mouthguard Seriously

    By Douglas Ward, Marketing Director at TITLE Boxing

    Best Mouthguards for Boxing

    When boxing's first protective gum shield (mouthpiece) was introduced in 1913 by dentist Jack Marks and was consequently made popular by boxer Ted "Kid" Lewis, his creation was purely intended to provide protection for the teeth and gums. Little did he know, his simple product would ultimately be altered and engineered to improve athletic performance. His basic design would also become a part of nearly all combat and contact sports. However, it wasn't until recent years that companies have put the research behind this piece of gear to enhance its protective benefits and, in the process, discover that a good mouthpiece can actually make an athlete stronger and faster. By providing a better fit and aligning the jaw more properly, your mouthpiece can actually add power to your punch and improve your ability to take a better shot. A better chin combined with the ability to hit harder...could that be true? It could be and it is.11.29.17 Mouthguard-BlogArt-Sub01

    More than the obvious benefits of just protecting your choppers from being punched-out, a good quality mouthpiece affects your physical ability and energetic output. It achieves this through positively affecting the position of your jaw by drawing it down, out and away from the base of your skull, so that direct impact to the brain is lessened. The proper placement of your jaw also affects the position of your head.  In turn, the position of your head affects your posture. If your jaw, head and body are all in alignment, then your body and brain are not wasting energy on trying to balance and counter-balance your head. Even though the adjustments are so small that they are in-perceivable, because you are constantly getting hit, constant adjustments are being made. The thousands of punches you take and movements you make during a six or eight round sparring session really add up and are distracting from your focus, even if you are not aware of it.  You may not sense the ongoing task that your body is subconsciously managing for you, but it's taking a small toll on your energy levels and focus.11.29.17 Mouthguard-BlogArt-Sub02

    Gaining power is a plus, because you have to wear a mouthpiece anyway, but the type of jaw-clenching that holding a mouthpiece in place requires, also improves blood flow to the brain.  This translates into more awareness and greater focus. Even without these added benefits, biting down on your mouthpiece is just smart. It helps protect you from getting your jaw broken and forces you to breathe through your nose, which also helps balance the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our blood, which directly affects your aerobic endurance.11.29.17 Mouthguard-BlogArt-Sub03

    Will getting the best mouthpiece money can buy suddenly transform you into a devastating power puncher? No, but it can serve as one piece of the puzzle that will make you are more complete, picture-perfect fighter. According to a Rutgers University study conducted in 2008, you can realistically expect an improvement of anywhere from 3-7% in power output. In this study, participants clearly demonstrated enhanced performance during short duration, explosive exercises, like boxing.

    Knowing that a mouthpiece can have so many far-reaching implications gives you one more reason to consider what value you're placing on your boxing pursuits. Why spend two dollars on a standard, boil-and-bite mouthpiece only to turn around and splurge hundreds of bucks on a pair of gloves? Just as important as protecting yourself at all times, it is equally as important to protect yourself at all costs. In today's economic climate, everyone has a budget, but if boxing is your business, then invest your hard earned dollars wisely and put your money where your mouth is.

    Shop mouthguards here.

  • The Pre-Fight Hand Wrap

    The Pre-Fight Hand Wrap

    By Jacob "Stitch" Duran

    Boxing & MMA Hand Wraps, Gauze & Tape

    With over 30 years experience in combat sports, to include boxing, MMA and kickboxing, I have been fortunate enough to work with many of the great fighters, past and present, to include Johnny Tapia, Raul Marquez, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Andre Ward, Amir Khan, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, Randy Courture, Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva and many more.

    One thing I have learned through the years of working with these fighters is that every one of these gladiators depends on a trainer or cutman to make sure their hands are properly wrapped.

    Having wrapped over a thousand hands, I have seen just about every pre-fight injury such as bruised knuckles, damaged metacarpals, sprained thumbs and weak wrists.

    Having a good hand wrap is essential in making the fighter feel comfortable knowing that his hands are secured enough to minimize the probability of getting injured.

    Does gauze and tape make a difference? Yes it does!

    Along with using Old School Super Gauze from TITLE Boxing, I also use my new and improved STITCH PREMIUM Athletic Tape.

    STITCH PREMIUM is the first of its kind in combat sports to be water repellant. It also offers serrated edges for easy ripping.

    Along with those benefits STITCH PREMIUM Athletic Tape easily conforms to the hand giving you that knockout power.

    Bio:bio - Stitch Duran image

    Jacob "Stitch" Duran is professional boxing and mixed martial arts cutman. He's worked with
    the top athletes in both sports, including Urijah Faber, Forrest Griffin, Cain Velasquez, Anderson Silva, Andre Ward, the Klitschko brothers, Chris Algieri and plenty more.

  • Is Boxing Safe?

    From the beginning, boxing has had its ardent critics. Not unlike other sports, it has also had its share of tragedy.  In all honesty, accidents happen in competitive sports.  Athletes get hurt.  This is true in all sports and boxing is not immune.  But the fact is, boxing has no more risk than other contact sports and, in some cases is safer than many non-contact sports.   That’s reality and yet somewhere just beyond the spotlight, there’s always lurks the question of safety.

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