In One and one-half quarters of play, Blake recorded 9 tackles (two for a loss), one QB knockdown which forced an interception, 1 pass deflection, 2 tackles on kickoff, and a huge pancake block on the Rage’s only kickoff return of the night.
LEFT = Bare Head Form. RIGHT = Covered with imitation ‘skin’.
I support the dual arch technology you have developed for the purpose of jaw impact reduction. Certainly cushioning the condyle and teeth with a 3-4 mm interocclusal elastomeric material helps reduce impact upward against the glenoid fossa and skull. The temporal bone is thinnest at the top of the glenoid fossa/housing of the TMJ, with as little as 1/8″ to 1/16″ thickness, and susceptible to injury, including perforation. The helmeted sports accelerate a whiplash fulcrum effect on the temporomandibular joint through chinstrap force. Cushioning the mandible down and forward is essential in mouthguard design related to impact energy mittigation. This also occurs with martial arts impact sports where a direct blow to the jaw can occur.
The design of airway opening for breathing, and protection of all the teeth are other advantages of your design.
Stephen D. Smith, D.M.D., Paoli, Pa.
” Jaw Impact energy has to go somewhere. “. This statement is very obvious and powerful. When the jaw is stuck, it then strikes the TMJ socket walls. The additional impact energy then goes where ? Across the socket, in the direction of the impact? Which other direction could it continue? So, the preevious being understood, what is behind, and what rests above the TMJ sockets ? Hint – 5 letters, starts with a “B” . . . . and controls a person’s existence, perceptions, judgements and demeanor . . .
Brain-Pad’s effectiveness claims (which are based on 3 independent, bio mechanical research projects), have been recently scrutinized by the FTC. Even after reviewing the research(which no other mouth guard company has had done on their products’ behalf)
the FTC decided Brain-Pad does not have enough research to make a concussion-reducing claim from lower jaw impacts in its retail space. But 1 more time . . . The jaw is impacted into the TMJ sockets from a full-speed contact sport punch or kick.
Where does the impact energy . . . go ? Across the TMJ and into the base of the skull
which contains what vital body part ?
Here is Brain-Pad’s response to being limited in its 3x researched claims . . . . that no other mouth guard company has even attempted to fund nor have conducted to back its ‘ similar ‘ claims –
The graphic speaks volumes about the JAW / TMJ / Base of Skull relationship.
Brain-Pad’s dual arched design secure the jaw from SLAMMING the TMJ !
Any hits to the face mask are transmitted to the chin-cup, jaw, TMJ, and into the Base of Skull. Ask any boxer how the easiest way to be successful in the ring . . . . . . ‘Hit him across his jaw!’. The helmet can be struck from numerous angles, and many of these impacts are directed into the chin-cup and Jaw.
So why do helmet designs overlook this chin-strap loading of an unprotected, vital body socket extremely close to the base of the skull ?
The helmet-to-helmet shot knocked Tony Dorsett out cold in the second quarter of a 1984 Cowboys-Eagles game, the hardest hit he ever took during his Hall of Fame NFL career.
“It was like a freight train hitting a Volkswagen”, Dorsett says now.
“Did they know it was a concussion?” he asks rhetorically during an interview with The Associated Press. “They thought I was half-dead.”