Opro Prostate Cancer Charity – “The Blue Mouth guard”

Support Prostate RFC and wear ‘The Blue’ this season. OPRO, the world’s leading supplier of self-fit mouthguards, has teamed up with Prostate Cancer UK (aka Prostate RFC) to raise money to fight the most common cancer in men. Many Rugby stars including Ugo Monye, Danny Care, Charlie Hodgson,
Schalk Brits, and Tim Payne are already wearing ‘The Blue’ as well as many other top sports people are already wearing ‘The Blue’ so why don’t you?.

The problem is Early prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms, so can go undetected for some time. Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the prostate. Most prostate cancers are slow growing, however, there are cases of aggressive prostate cancers. The cancer cells may metastasize (spread) from the prostate to other parts of the body, particularly the bones and lymph nodes.

Prostate RFC is the community for sports clubs, players, boxers and fans who understand that in the UK:

• 1 in 9 men will get prostate cancer
• Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year
• 10,000 men die from prostate cancer every year
• £1 per mouthguard goes to the charity

OPRO shield Blue Mouthguard, with White ‘fins’. Meet the requirements for level 3 for impact performance and level 2 for retention(19N). The OPROshield models include the patented OPROfin retention system which gives the OPROshield the best tention (fit) performance of any self-fit mouthguard in the world.

The revolutionary design offers maximum protection and unprecedented comfort if you closely follow the detailed fitting procedures. Offering maximum protection against front and concussive blows whilst keeping the palate clear for improved breathing and speech. Features 21 high flow, self forming fins. Includes Mouthguard Case, and How To Fit CD and £6000 GBP Dental warranty, see pack for details. Please note that this mouthguard is not suitable with fixed braces.

You can buy your Mouthguard to protect you from impact and help the fight with prostate cancer from here

Opro360 RespiBelt – Breathing Training Device

A breathing training device developed at Loughborough University for Opro has helped to prepare Britain’s Mo Farah and America’s Galen Rupp to claim the Olympic Gold and Silver medals in the men’s 10,000 metres.

The innovative next generation training device fits around the lower chest and ribcage to provide a training load to the breathing muscles as the chest expands during breathing. It works by restricting oxygen flow, hence making the intercostal muscles work much harder and become stronger in the training environment.

It is easy to work, light, affordable comes in different sizes and does not hinder training like some other oxygen training devices can.

The Nike Oregon Project Team of athletes including Farah and Rupp uses RespiBelt as part of the athletes’ training preparations for the London Olympics 2012. The multi-national running team is directed by world-leading coach Alberto Salazar.

“RespiBelt acts like a dumbbell for the breathing muscles, loading them without restricting the ribcage. Improved breathing muscle efficiency means more oxygen reaches the exercising muscles leading to increased strength, power and endurance,” said Ross Weir, co-founder and innovation director at Progressive Sports Technologies, a spin-out company from Loughborough University Sports Technology Institute. He continued: “Athletes can adjust the belt to vary the intensity; pulled tighter for a higher load brings strength and power gains while exercising at a lower load for longer benefits endurance events such as the 10,000 metres.”

The benefits of training the breathing muscles have been well researched and validated. Building on the extensive research supporting the use of mouth-held inspiratory muscle training devices such as Powerbreathe. Opro and Loughborough University explored whether similar results could be achieved using RespiBelt. Results have been really encouraging and we are excited that athletes across a wide range of sports are starting to adopt the product.

Why a Compression Belt?

Unlike mouth based training devices, RespiBelt loads the breathing muscles around the ribcage using compressive elastic fabrics. This means that training of the breathing muscles can be achieved as the same time as other forms of training i.e. while out on a run, on your bike, in the pool, sparring etc. This provides the vital benefits of ‘training specificity’ to the physiological adaptations made. It’s simply not practical to train with a mouth based device in the same way or for all your training program, although the use of both products as part of your training regimen can be beneficial.


Two key physiological mechanisms are improved. The first is a direct increase in breathing muscle efficiency allowing you to work harder for longer at the same level of exertion. The second is the delay of a cardiovascular reflex that protects the respiratory system of which the breathing muscles are a part, which reduces the availability of blood to the exercising limbs to prevent critical respiratory fatigue. Delaying this reflex maintains exercise performance for longer. Exercising with RespiBelt brings about training benefits that can boost physical performance.

Key Benefits of the Opro 360 Respi Belt:

• Added resistance for muscles of breathing
• Adjustable to change training load on the breathing muscles
• Can help provide you with a competitive edge
• Real time respiratory training during exercise
• A ‘dumbbell’ for muscles of breathing
• Simple to use
• UK innovation, manufacturing and materials
• Backed by scientific research and developed in partnership with Progressive Sports Technologies at the Sports Technology Institute, Loughborough University
• The Oregon Project Team, run by world leading coach, Alberto Salazar, uses RespiBelt as part of the athletes’ training preparations.

Available in Sizes XSmall, Small, Medium, Large, XLarge.

XSmall 75cm – 80cm 29.5” – 31.5”
Small 81cm – 88cm 31.9” – 34.6”
Medium 89cm – 96cm 35” – 37.8”
Large 97cm – 106cm 38.2” – 41.7”
XLarge 107cm – 118cm 42.1” – 46.5”

RespiBelt is available to buy online at Sugar Ray’s Here

Olympics 2012

Well the Olympics is well underway and the GB team is amassing a tally of medals to be proud of and it’s fair to say that the Boxing Squad that has been assembled is looking to get a few around their neck.

When you think back to Athens and our loan representative was Amir Khan and rewind 4 years ago to our great performance with Sugar Ray’s customer James DeGale getting Gold, Tony Jeffries and David Price getting Bronze, if it hadnt been for Amir I think the boxing landscape would of been a different proposition. One boxer to the Olympic games was a poor return on lottery money and if he hadn’t of got a Medal they were on the verge of pulling there funding for the sport.

Fast forward to today and we know have an Olympic System to rival any country with facilities and coaches to match. 10 Boxers including 3 women with women’s boxing featuring at an Olympic games for the first time and we have assembled our greatest squad through one of the worlds hardest qualification system. British boxing is on a high and has been a joy to watch on the TV.

We have been lucky enough to of dealt with the Irish, GB, South African, Indian, Trinidad and Tobago, Tanzania, Honduras, Boxing, Wrestling and Weightlifting squads at this Olympics as well as many individuals from these sports and others. All these people are looking to do there countries proud and from all at Sugar Ray’s we salute you, the knock on impact from Medals being won is hard to gauge, but I do know the impact from them not being won is easy, less funding and less new people taking up these sports. The effort of these people helps so many other young people, industries and business as well as the most important factor, the “Feel Good” one. So enjoy people, the greatest boxing squad GB has ever sent to an Olympic games.

S Starskey