THE ACUTE EFFECT OF A COMMERCIAL BITE-ALIGNING MOUTHPIECE ON STRENGTH AND POWER IN RECREATIONALLY TRAINED MENAllen, Charles R.; Dabbs, Nicole C.; Zachary, Coury; Garner, John C.The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: September 14, 2013 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - p doi: 10.1097/JSC.0000000000000207 Original Investigation: PDF Only Abstract Author Information ABSTRACT Due to the relative newness of such products, there are few investigations into using performance mouthpieces during sport and physical activity to substantiate claims of performance enhancement. The purpose of this study was to investigate the acute effect of a commercially available, non-injury preventive, performance mouthpiece on practical, acute performance measures of power and strength. A within subjects design was used to evaluate twenty one (N=21) recreationally trained, college aged males on the performance of a maximum countermovement vertical jump (CMVJ) from a force platform and one repetition maximum (1RM) bench press exercise for the following conditions: with mouthpiece (MP) and without mouthpiece (noMP). Rate of force development (RFD) and peak vertical force (PF) were derived from force platform data. Statistical analysis revealed no significant differences between conditions for CMVJ height (p=0.13), RFD @ 200ms (p=0.09), PF (p=0.08), and 1RM Bench Press (p=0.45). These data indicate that the use of this particular jaw aligning mouthpiece specifically in an attempt to produce an ergogenic effect on performance is unwarranted. Applied Biomechanics Laboratory, University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi 38677 Corresponding Author: Charles Allen, Department of Campus Recreation, 214 Turner Center, University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677, Phone: 662-915-1131, Fax: 662-915-5593, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright © 2018 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association.