The Weekly Bite - Performance And Protection Spotlights

Protective Equipment: The Luck Of The Irish Doesn’t Apply To Injuries

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, March 16, 2017

St. Patricks DayTomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! That means it’s time to wear your green, put up shamrock decorations and celebrate the luck of the Irish.

You know what isn’t lucky though: staying injury-free on the field, pitch, court or ice.  
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Make Mouthguards Comfortable Again: 3 Secrets To Solve Discomfort

Travis Armideo - Thursday, March 09, 2017

comfortable mouthguardThe biggest complaint that athletes have about their mouthguards is that they’re uncomfortable. And unfortunately, comfort is absolutely vital to both protection and reaching peak performance.

Have you ever had a tag in the back of your t-shirt that irritated you?

Things that cause discomfort -- like an irritating tag -- are very distracting. It’s difficult to play well, let alone at the top of your game, when you’re distracted and uncomfortable.

At the same time, that protective gear is uncomfortable because it doesn’t fit right, and that means it’s not providing the protection it should. These are some major problems; so let’s solve some of these comfort issues: 
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3 Ways Protective Equipment Elevates Your Game To Another Level

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, March 02, 2017

elevate your gameProtective equipment is meant to keep you protected, right? Of course!

But what you may not realize is that the right protective gear is actually able to help you elevate your game.

How are pads, helmets or mouthguards supposed to help you take your game to the next level? Let’s take a look at three ways that proper protection helps to improve your performance on the field, pitch, court or ice: 
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Student-Athletes: 5 Tips For Balancing School, Sports and Social Life

Travis Armideo - Thursday, February 23, 2017

student-athleteAre you struggling to balance school and sports? Is it overwhelming to fit in study time, workouts, practice sessions and hang out time with your friends? Do you feel stressed out just thinking about it?

Don’t worry; these are totally natural feelings to have as a student-athlete.  
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Give Your Athletic Valentine The Perfect Gift This Valentine’s Day

Travis Armideo - Thursday, February 09, 2017

valentine's giftIt’s almost Valentine’s Day -- the holiday of love!

As you prepare to celebrate your loved ones and show them how much you care, you may want to think about getting them something more personal than overpriced flowers or a simple box of chocolates.

Take the athlete in your life: how can you show them how much you love and care for them? By giving them the gift of protection!

Here’s why a custom mouthguard is the perfect gift for your athletic valentine:  
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Youth Sports: How Parental Pressures Affect Young Athletes

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, February 02, 2017

youth sportsThe atmosphere around youth sports isn’t what it used to be.

More than ever before, competitive youth sports are built around elite athletes -- the kids who play one sport all year round, have been playing since a very young age and are on multiple club teams. They are typically considered the best players.

And oftentimes, those kids have an increased amount of pressure on them. 
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Custom vs. Boil-and-Bite: Stop Worrying, The Mouthguard Debate Is Over

Travis Armideo - Thursday, January 26, 2017

mouth guardsWhen it comes to being an athlete, there is a lot to worry about.

From game plans and game day responsibilities, to your pregame routine and meals, the last thing on your mind is your protective gear -- especially a piece of equipment that can be as unappealing as a mouthguard. 
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Reading Between The Lines: What Does Your Coach Really Mean?

Travis Armideo - Thursday, January 12, 2017

“coaching”/At one point or another in your athletic career, you are bound to have that one coach that the entire team thinks is crazy.

They have weird quirks or sayings that they use constantly. You don’t understand any of their motives and you almost always end up frustrated trying to please them. You want them to treat you like anyone else on the team, but for some reason they’re always picking on you.  
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What You Absolutely Need To Know About NATA’s Mouthguard Recommendations

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, January 05, 2017

mouth guardAs we’ve stated in this space many times, athletes have a 33-56% chance of receiving an orofacial injury -- an injury to the mouth or face -- during their playing career. That’s why the American Dental Association and the Academy for Sports Dentistry recommend a professionally-made, properly-fitted custom mouthguard for all contact and collision sports.

And now another leading organization is furthering that recommendation. The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) recently released a new position statement on dental injuries, including recommendations on emergency planning, dental injury classification, and education on both mouthguard effectiveness and mouthguard care. 
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New Year’s Resolutions: Clearer Rules For Hitting In Contact Sports In 2017

Travis Armideo - Thursday, December 29, 2016

contact sportsAs we look toward a new year, it’s a great time to step back and evaluate things in order to make some changes and improve over the next 12 months.

However, in the world of sports, change is constant and new years come much more often than the first day of January. That means there’s much less time to reflect and the mistakes that plague some sports just continue to fester.

Take the ever-changing rules for contact in football, hockey and other full contact sports. With the “hit zone” constantly changing and what constitutes an illegal hit becoming more and more ambiguous, players, coaches and fans alike are struggling to keep up. And that’s causing some issues for leagues like the NHL and NFL. 
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