A Heads Up on Head Safety
Why the brain pad?
Statistics show that 90% of boxers will have sustained a brain injury by the end of their careers and that
MMA fighters aren't far behind them. In fact, head injuries are the number one casualty in both sports. So, just a
heads up... if you're going to fight, you need to protect yourself.
The Brain Pad Title Boxing Guardian is just what the doctor ordered. It offers full upper and lower channel
jaw stabilization while reducing impact injury to TMJ and brain when clenching. The gear also has a center breathe
space that allows for excellent air flow even while clenching and also has a boil-and-bite style that molds
to all teeth.
It's just a fact that Mixed Martial Arts is a fierce sport that is known to be tough on even the most hard-headed
fighter. Boxing is no different. Unlike some sports, fighters do not generally wear much protective equipment and the
results can be brutal. In any given bout, it is likely that at least one of the opponents will experience a neck choke,
joint subluxation, blunt head trauma, soft tissue trauma and/or a knockout. Clearly, the focus is not safety, but rather
winning the fight.
Just as "boys will be boys", "fighters will be fighters". It's the name of the game. But using your head, not loosing
your head, is just plain smart. Just ask one of the many fighters who didn't.
Renoun Boxer, Muhammad Ali was a force to be reckoned with. Out of 61 fights, he only lost 5 and 37 of those
wins were by knockout. Considered by many to be the greatest Heavyweight Boxer in history, Ali took his fair share of
blows to the head. In 1984, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome, a disease much more common in those who
repeatedly experience severe head trauma, such as boxers and MMA fighters.
Michael Kirkham was a young MMA fighter who turned Pro after having only fought six times as an amateur. He was
a big man who stood 6'9" and was nicknamed 'Tree'. After suffering a brain hemorrhage in the ring, he died at the age of 30.
What about the deaths of Pro Wrestlers, Chris Benoit and Andrew "Test" Martin? Brain analysis found excessive
tau proteins in both, a substance that is, eerily similar to the chemical imbalance often found in former boxers that
is also known as dementia pugilistica or punch-drunk syndrome.
Kevin Von Erich, the oldest of the wrestling sons of Fritz Von Erich, experienced many head traumas and
concussions in the course of his career. In 1987 he suffered a seizure in the ring and still
suffers from post-concussion syndrome.
Top Japanese Wrestler and MMA fighter, Yoshihiro Takayama, was one who was known for taking extreme punishment.
But one too many blows to the head caused a cerebral thrombosis, a rare form of a stroke, resulting in him having to
take two years off. Although he is now back in the ring, he is forever changed.
CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan featured a report on the CBS Evening News about fighters and head injuries.
In the report, he referred to a study done by Dr. Charles Bernick, a CTE researcher at the Cleveland Clinic
said in an American Academy of Neurology written statement, "Our study shows there appears to be a threshold at which continued repetitive blows to the brain begin to
cause measurable changes in memory and thinking, despite brain volume changes that can be found earlier."
Bernick also said that the study found changes in brain volume may occur after six years
of fighting, years before symptoms emerge.
It's just a fact that cannot be denied, everytime a fighter steps into the ring, he is at risk for a head
injury. That is why I recommend the Brain Pad Title Boxing Double Guardian.
With a number of head protectors on the market, what makes this one superior? First and foremost, it is made by Title.
Title is a brand known for high quality products sold at reasonable prices. With over 20 brands available under the
Title name, it's no wonder they have a huge fan following. Much technology and research goes into their products and they
stand behind each and every one of them. "If we don't have it, you don't need it" is the Title slogan.
As mentioned before, the Brain Pad Title Boxing Double Guardian offers full upper and lower channel
jaw stabilization while reducing impact injury to TMJ and brain when clenching.
What is TMJ? TMJ is Temporomandibular joint disorder is an term for acute or chronic pain,
most commonly in the muscles of mastication and/or inflammation of the temporomandibular joint
which connects the mandible to the skull. It results in significant pain and can impair functions of the joint as well.
The disorder is one of both dentistry and neurology in nature.
Why stabilize the jaw? If your jaws are not properly intact, it is much easier for them to be knocked
ajar causing dislocation or even fracturing. Both are extremely painful and require immediate medical assistance. For
those who have experienced an prior injury, the chances of a reoccuring one is far greater. By wearing a jaw stabilizer,
your risk of jaw injury is much less.
Brain and head injuries are as scarey as they sound. If there is one thing a fighter does not want to be, it is
powerless. Many traumas to the head, including brain injuries, leave the victim completely debilitated, in a coma
or even dead. Even milder injuries can lead to confusion, drowsiness, personality change, seizures, nausea, vomiting and
a pounding headache. Loose lips may sink ships but loose jaws increase your chance of a brain or head injury so be
sure to protect yourself by wearing proper protection.
The Brain Pad Title Boxing Double Guardian will also protect your pearly whites. Not only are dental injuries
often unsightly, they are painful as well. Be sure to keep your grill intact by putting your money where your mouth is.
Hopefully after reading some facts and examples of head injuries in MMA and Boxing, you are realizing the
seriousness of the subject. Title does. That is why they take such measures to ensure their product is of the best
quality and is tested, time and time again.
Not only is there the Brain Pad Title Boxing Double Guardian, there are other great
products as well like the Brain
Pad Pro Plus Mouthguard and the Brain Pad Mouthguard,
both by Century.
Below are some excellent Brain Pad products that I recommend to protect your head and that which lies within. These
are all quality products that have been tested and retested so you can know that they are the ultimate in head, brain
and mouth injury protection.
If you want to go all out, try the UFC Custom Mouth Guard. This mouth guard is made exclusively for the UFC by
Fightdentist.com and features a custom-fitted guard that is created just for you through an impression made, by you, with
the contents of the enclosed package and is then sent to the lab to be made and then is mailed back to you in 2-3 weeks.
Though the process is a little indepth, the reviews are raving. The Custom Mouth Guard is available through the
Official UFC Store
at a price much less than a dentist will charge.
You've heard it said a million times, "Keep your head in the game!" In MMA and in Boxing too, this old adage
could not ring more true. Ensure that you stay in control by protecting your head. The Brain Pad Title Boxing Double Guardian
will help you to do exactly that, keep your head in the game, literally!