Amazingly, a swift tongue scrape can really help improve Footballers performance on the pitch.
UPDATE APRIL 2017:
With the Premier League season nearing its climax we thought we would update you on how the teams that have trialled AMANO tongue scrapers are faring.
As the full article goes onto say we have signed confidentiality agreements to prevent us disclosing precisely who we have been working with.
That said with 5 Premier Teams trialling AMANO - and 3 actively giving us feedback we can say this ....
2 Teams actively using AMANO are at the top of the table competing for European slots as I write :)
It seems AMANO Tongue Cleansers reach the parts of sports performance - other approaches simply cannot reach!
Original article AUGUST 2016
This is no idle claim – we are currently working with 3 Premier League Medical Teams … (and 5 teams have trialled the AMANO in total!)
We aren't claiming a direct cause and affect - that would be highly presumptuous. But 2 Premier League teams actively using AMANO sit at the top section of the table as we write.
And one of those teams specifically requested we supply their new squad players with AMANO Tongue Cleansers in July. And interestingly the Head of Football & Medicine said they had to personally pay for their AMANO's (!) in order to improve 'engagement'.
So what's the background to this?
As we know, a neglected tongue can be a major source for serious oral care issues down the line – and in a game where small things can be the difference between success or failure – every little helps!
A comprehensive clinical dental study by UCL Eastman Dental Institute, which included Premier League Clubs, has shown that 7% of the Footballers tested suffer oral care issues that are so bad - their performance on the pitch is adversely affected.
That means one player in each team is under-performing, due to poor oral care - per game!
That is a staggering statistic with so much to potentially win (and lose).
The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that 187 players were involved in the clinical study at eight clubs, including Manchester United, West Ham, Swansea, Hull City and Southampton, which showed that nearly four out of 10 had cavities!
Nutrition is one of the primary suspects with frequent consumption of sugary or acidic foods during training potentially accounting for tooth decay and erosion.
Breathing through the mouth, during heavy exercise, can also dry it out so there is less protection from saliva – natures natural ‘cleanser’.
They found 53% had dental erosion, 45% were bothered by the state of their teeth and – amazingly - 7% said it affected their ability to train or play.
The 40% who had tooth decay, compares with 30% of people of a similar age in the general population.
Prof Ian Needleman, one of the researchers, told the BBC;
"There are two main groups - some have a catastrophic effect, they have very severe abscesses that stop them in their tracks and they cannot play or train.
"There'll be others experiencing pain affecting sleeping or sensitivity every time they take a drink.
"At this level of athlete, even small differences can be quite telling."
As an example of this (and this is in the public domain) in 2012 West Ham player, Ravel Morrison was rushed back from a pre-season tour to have SEVEN teeth removed. Yes SEVEN! The mind boggles to think how his performance was impacted whilst he had this level of discomfort raging in his mouth ...
The GOOD NEWS is that AMANO can provide a quick and effective solution.
And that is why we are being taken seriously by Premier League Teams right now.
We received this message of ‘thanks’ from one of the Clubs Head of Football & Medicine for assisting them in their campaign to;
“push the message of optimising oral health in order to potentially improve performance as part of our general athlete education”.
And in case if you are wondering which particular Premier League Teams we are assisting, I’m sorry we have understandably agreed to abide by their confidentiality rules - so we cannot reveal who they are.
To recap, simply put - the AMANO Tongue Cleanser will effectively remove the post exercise debris and bacteria build up, that will directly lead to bad breath, plaque build-up and that distracting decay.
AMANO has been endorsed by UK and US Dental Professionals and we were featured in the May edition of The British Dental Journal.
At AMANO we also understand that time is of the essence for most Pro Footballers – so to any Footballer/Medical Director reading this, we suggest the following:
1. Try a swift tongue scrape with an AMANO – it will take less than 10 seconds (we promise)
2. There will be no dreaded Gag affect - due to the immaculate design of the AMANO
3. And you will be then able to show your teammates the gunge so visibly removed - that will shock them and you!
That will now allow you to concentrate on your game (and help with any breath issues in the post match celebrations)
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We acknowledge, educating Professional Footballers on yet another new health routine is never an easy challenge. That said the summer ‘close season’ is perhaps a good opportunity to introduce the concept of tongue scraping.
We are happy to send sample AMANOs to Medical Directors of Professional Football and Rugby Teams. AND do a short presentation to small groups of players at the Training ground (we can do the ‘lift pitch’ in 90 seconds – so will not take up too much of their time).
And we can also present in French and Spanish if required …
Please contact: Jenny Upson firstname.lastname@example.org
(AMANO is also available in the UK from Selfridges, Harrods, John Bell & Croyden, Planet Organic and D.R. Harris)