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The effect of oral motor activity on the athletic performance of professional golfers

Ringhof, Steffen; Hellmann, Daniel; Meier, Florian; Etz, Eike; Schindler, Hans Jürgen; Stein, Thorsten

Abstract:
Human motor control is based on complex sensorimotor processes. Recent research has shown that neuromuscular activity of the craniomandibular system (CMS) might affect human motor control. In particular, improvements in postural stability and muscle strength have been observed as a result of voluntary jaw clenching. Potential benefits of jaw aligning appliances on muscle strength and golf performance have also been described. These reports are highly contradictory, however, and the oral motor task performed is often unclear. The purpose of our study was, therefore, to investigate the effect of submaximum biting on golf performance via shot precision and shot length over three different distances. Participants were 14 male professional golfers - seven with sleep bruxism and seven without - randomly performing golf shots over 60m, 160m, or driving distance while either biting on an oral splint or biting on their teeth; habitual jaw position served as the control condition. Statistical analysis revealed that oral motor activity did not systematically affect golf performance in respect of shot precision or shot length for 60m, 160 m, or driving distance. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000048264
Veröffentlicht am 13.09.2018
Originalveröffentlichung
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00750
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Zitationen: 9
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2015
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1664-1078
urn:nbn:de:swb:90-482641
KITopen-ID: 1000048264
Erschienen in Frontiers in psychology
Verlag Frontiers Media
Band 6
Heft 750
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Gefördert durch den KIT-Publikationsfonds
Schlagwörter golf performance, drive, biting, jaw clenching, craniomandibular system
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