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 you can click on THIS LINK for Gladiator, or THIS LINK for Guardian to see what they are promoting.
This is nothing more than snake oil, both of these companies should be boycotted for providing such claims. If you are a representative of either of the companies feel free to send me the research you are using to make these outlandish statements. If you think that this is just a blog, fine, but remember that before the FTC was involved I ripped and shredded both Brain Pad and Maher for their claims as well SEE HERE or HERE or HERE or HERE