Jerry Rice is only one of many athletes in the NFL, NHL and Major Soccer League who has worn or continues to wear devices such as nasal dilator strips in the hopes of increasing performance. However, do these gimmicks, in this case nasal dilator strips, really work?
What are they?
A nasal dilator strip is simply a device that sits across the bridge of your nose. Through the use of two plastic strips, the device is designed to pull open the nostrils, increasing the diameter of the air passageway.
The most common brand, the Breathe Right® strip, was originally designed to relieve nasal breathing difficulties in those with structural deformities within the nose. Considered successful in relieving these problems and in increasing total ventilation, the device soon progressed to a possible method of enhancing performance in athletes. However, thus far most studies demonstrate no relationship between the use of nasal dilators and increased athletic performance. So whether or not a contraption this simple can truly have an impact on the performance of an athlete as conditioned and gifted as Jerry Rice still remains in debate.