Effects of Wearing a 50% Lower Jaw Advancement Splint on Biophysical and Perceptual Responses at Low to Severe Running Intensities

Filipa Cardoso, Ana S. Monteiro, João Paulo Vilas-Boas, João Carlos Pinho, David B. Pyne, Ricardo J. Fernandes

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Abstract

Acute ergogenic effects of wearing occlusal splints have been reported for aerobic and anaerobic exercises, but the literature centered on performance improvement by using jaw repositioning splints is scarce. We aimed to analyze the effect of wearing a 50% lower jaw advancement splint on biophysical and perceptual responses at low to severe running intensities. Sixteen middle-and long-distance runners performed twice a 7 × 800 m intermittent running protocol (with 1 km‧h−1 increments and 30 s rest periods) in an outdoor track field using two lower intraoral splints (a placebo and a lower jaw advancer). These devices were custom manufactured for each participant and a randomized and repeated measure design was used to compare conditions. No differences between placebo and lower jaw advancer were found (e.g., 52.1 ± 9.9 vs 53.9 ± 10.7 mL·kg−1·min−1 of oxygen uptake, 3.30 ± 0.44 vs 3.29 ± 0.43 m of stride length and 16 ± 3 vs 16 ± 2 Borg scores), but small effects were sometimes observed (e.g., 109.2 ± 22.5 vs 112.7 ± 25.2 L·min−1 of ventilation, ES = −0.42). Therefore, this jaw advancement splint had no substantial ergogenic effect on biophysical and perceptual responses when running at different intensities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalLife
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

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