This is not a prestigious list by the way, it is more of a “beware of list”, and two different companies/mouthguards have now found my ire. Perhaps I was “Pollyanna-ish” about companies continuing to claim that this particular piece of equipment can attenuate concussions or even reduce problems; it should have been fair warning with the FTC’s decision on Brain-Pad.
Any device placed in the mouth is for oral-dental protection, nothing more. Any claims otherwise are not based on any scientific evidence, because none exists to my knowledge. If you want to prevent what you see in the picture you must wear a mouthguard/device. If you want to prevent concussions, don’t participate in collision or contact sports, period.
If I told you that one company says;
“A serious blow to the head can leave you with significant physical and mental problems years after you’ve hung up your equipment. Gladiator® may prevent or reduce the severity of concussion.”
What would you say to that? But they are not the only one;
“By wearing a Guardian Mouthguard, you are helping to protect yourself against concussions!”
That will be the last time I mention those companies. I don’t like to send traffic their way, but if you do not believe me Continue reading
This article is being republished on The Concussion Blog with permission from Paul D. Anderson of http://www.nflconcussionlitigation.com. Paul is @PaulD_Anderson on twitter and has been a huge asset to this awareness campaign, make sure you also have his website in your rotation.
Can a helmet, mouth guard, helmet shell, or other sporting equipment prevent or reduce concussions? Absolutely not! Whenever sufficient forces are transmitted to the brain–via a hit to the head or body–nothing can prevent the brain from slamming against the skull.
Unfortunately, companies are taking advantage of the concussion crisis by marketing their products as having the capability to reduce or prevent concussions.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently slapped Brain-Pad with an administrative complaint for violating Section 5(a) of the FTC Act. The FTC found that Brain-Pad’s marketing was false and misleading.
Some examples of the marketing used by Brain-Pad consisted of the following:
- “Reduces risk of CONCUSSIONS!”
- “Reduces the risk of concussion from: facemask impact, chin cup forces & direct lower jaw impact.”
- “Creates new brain safety space!”
- “Tested and proven to reduce risk of internal head injuries and concussion from lower jaw impacts”
- “BIOMECHANICALLY TESTED & PROVEN.”
- YouTube: “Brain Pad Protective and Performance Mouth Guards”
Brain-Pad and its President, Joseph Manzo, entered into a proposed consent order with the FTC, which will require Brain-Pad to cease making unsubstantiated claims that the mouth guards can prevent or reduce concussions. Once the order becomes final, and if Brain-Pad continues to make false claims, it will be hit with monetary fines of up to $11,000 for each violation.
Although this is a step in the right direction, other companies continue to make similar claims. Furthermore, Continue reading