If you watch professional sports (MLB, NFL) you have seen players wearing titanium bracelets and necklaces. Many athletes believe that these accessories can enhance their physical and mental abilities. The companies that manufacture and sell these products assert that they work by “stabilizing the electric flow that nerves use to communicate actions to the body,” while many sports stars believe the necklaces give them luck. These companies also claim that titanium jewelry can improve strength, endurance, energy, and — ultimately — performance.
Despite these claims, there is no scientific evidence supporting this theory. Research has found no correlation between titanium jewelry and performance. Experts agree that the body’s chemical structure cannot be influenced by magnets that small. It’s all superstition with no scientific basis.
But while the physiology behind the necklaces doesn’t hold up to scientific scrutiny, that doesn’t mean they are devoid of any benefit. Athletes are a superstitious bunch. If the players think they are getting an advantage from the necklace and that gives them increased confidence, then they do in fact get a positive boost from the product — a “placebo” effect.
Wearing titanium jewelry may not turn you into Bryce Harper, but if you’re playing well — and winning — keep wearing it.
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