Athletic Mouth Guards Give Athletes Tempted to use Drugs a Better Alternative
Despite education campaigns and growing awareness, performance-enhancing drugs remain a problem among teen and college-age athletes. As the world witnessed with the doping scandals in professional baseball, football and famously cyclist Lance Armstrong the pressure to be the best at all costs can tempt even the most elite athletes into cheating. Now the PowerPlus athletic mouth guards can provide athletes tempted to use drugs with a safe performance-enhancing alternative while providing additional protection from injury, but before we discuss the benefits of the PowerPlus athletic mouth guard lets discuss the costs of doping.
Why do teens try doping?
Teens may desperately want to improve performance to attain social standing or favor from coaches and even parents. Others may hope to short-cut their way to success in a chosen sport. Many, like the elite athletes caught using performance-enhancing drugs, will do anything to get the win. It may not be surprising to learn that boys are far more likely to dope than girls. The pressures on male athletes start very young and can be particularly pronounced once they hit their teen years.
Risks associated with common performance-enhancing substances
Some parents may be just as tempted as their young athletes to look the other way about doping. It’s exciting to be the parent of the star athlete after all. However, the risks of using performance-enhancing drugs are serious.
Here are common doping substances and their side effects:
Anabolic agents such as testosterone – anabolic steroids are used medically to treat delayed puberty and diseases that cause muscle mass to deteriorate. When used to increase muscle mass and strength by athletes, the side effects include acne, baldness, liver damage, stunted bone development, disruption of puberty and increased aggressiveness (“roid rage”). Males who use anabolic steroids often experience breast tissue development, testicle shrinkage, impotence and reduced sperm production. Conversely, females who use them will often experience deepening of the voice, an end to breast development, hair growth on the face and torso and problems with their menstrual cycles.
Stimulants – these medications are prescribed to treat attention deficit disorders, obesity and narcolepsy and can be abused by athletes looking for an edge. The negative side effects for these include insomnia, anxiety, hypertension (high blood pressure) and a higher risk of cardiac arrest or other heart problems . They are also highly addictive.
Narcotics – medications that are prescribed as pain relievers can be used by athletes who seek a sense of euphoria and psychological stimulation. Health risks are varied but usually include feelings of invincibility, a decreased ability to recognize injury, a decreased heart rate and impaired thinking. They are highly addictive and overdose is a concern.
The Human Growth Hormone (hGH) – a hormone that has become a drug of choice among many dopers and is used in combination with anabolic steroids. It is used before and after steroid cycles to minimize the negative impact of steroids on testicle size and testosterone production. However, its side effects include terrible headaches, vision problems, diabetes, tumors and debilitating arthritis to name just a few.
Fortunately harmful and unethical drugs are not the only way to improve performance, the cutting edge PowerPlus athletic mouth guard can produce instant results while improving safety by dispersing the impact of a potential blow to the head therefore reducing the likelihood of a concussion.
Encourage ethics, and health with natural ways to achieve optimal performance
Parents, coaches and peers have an important role to play in discouraging the temptation to use performance-enhancing drugs. Be aware of the symptoms of doping and intervene if you suspect a player is using performance-enhancing drugs. Better yet, be pre-emptive. Talk to teens before they turn to doping. Discuss the risks and be mindful of the pressures they may feel to win at all costs. Support your teen’s enthusiasm for sports, but be very careful not to exert undo pressure to win or displeasure at any less than perfect performances. Focus on the joy of the game, the thrill of competition, the value of good sportsmanship and constructive criticism to help performance.
Offer alternatives that will help your teen or college athlete perform optimally that don’t compromise ethics. Observing a proper diet, getting adequate rest before games or competitions, practicing diligently and wearing proper equipment are all important ways to stay on track athletically.
Wearing a PowerPlus athletic mouth guard can also give your young athlete an all-natural edge for competition and game day. The evidence supports that switching this one piece of equipment will give your athlete optimal strength, balance and agility.
The PowerPlus athletic mouth guard is different from other over the counter and custom sports mouth guards on the market for a couple of reasons. First, the athletic mouth guard is fitted to the jaw at rest, which is what we call the PowerPlus position. When the jaw is at rest the athlete benefits from the optimal position for protection from head and dental injuries, plus will be able to compete with maximum strength, endurance and performance.
A PowerPlus athletic mouth guard offers a one-of-a-kind fit that allows athletes to both speak and breathe freely without removing the guard. They will love wearing it and gain confidence knowing they are protected from concussions and benefiting from the PowerPlus position.
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