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Respiratory Function

Mouthguards And Respiratory Function                                             


Mouthguards being fairly hard are not made to extend collision time between the teeth and the source of impact.  They act on the principle of distribution of force. Once there is a blow to the mouth all the teeth are involved at once, minimizing possible dental damage. Wearing a mouthguard is exactly what athletes should do and be encouraged to do.

Many conditioning coaches introduce the mouthguard in summer conditioning so the athlete gets used to exercising with something that for many feels like an obstruction in their mouth.  Running with an unaccustomed mouthguard initially cause the athlete to feel an unexpected dryness during activity.  Many have thought mouthguards negatively effects performance and take measures to use it as sparingly as possible.

 The truth is that mouthguards have no effect on ventilation, that is, the rate at which gas enters or leaves the lungs.  The mouthguard has no effect on maximum oxygen uptake, the ability of an individual’s body to transport and use oxygen during exercise.  Nor do mouthguards effect an individuals ability to give maximum effort while playing sport.

Wear those mouthguards and Get Strong.


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Closed And Open Chain

Open kinetic chain exercises of the lower limb are movements, where the distal segment is unloaded and free to move. The opposite is true of closed kinetic chain exercises, whereby  there is enough resistance to prohibit free motion.

Closed kinetic chain exercises are movements such as squats, Pendulum Squat Pro, leg presses and lunges, while open chain exercises are actions like leg curls, leg extensions and the Pendulum Reverse Glute Ham.

The kinetic chain can be understood as interrelated joints and body parts working with one another during motion. This creates a chain of events that affects the movement of neighboring joints and segments.

The advantage of open chain movements is that they tend to be better at isolating muscle and often are selected for specific rehabilitation and used to accentuate performance. While closed chain movements in general would be classified as more functional and closely approximating movements that are used in sport and daily life.

Pendulum Reverse Glute Ham Machine

Open Chain Reverse Glute Ham

Pendulum Power Squat Pro

Closed Chain Pendulum Power Squat Pro

Pendulum Power Squat Pro XT

Closed Chain Pendulum Power Squat Pro XT

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2-for-2 Method

Some trainers, coaches and athletes use what is called the 2-for-2 Method for increasing training load. The rule is if the trainee can perform two or more repetitions over one’s ‘repetition goal’ in the last set of an exercise, for two consecutive workouts, the weight is added for that particular exercise the next training session.

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