"Neck strengthening should be at or near the top of our priority list when it comes to player safety."
"I was embarrassed by what I've been doing from a neck-strengthening standpoint. If I feel that way, I know I can't be the only one."
FACT: Strengthen the neck - the shock absorber for the brain - and decrease your odds of being concussed
Want proof? Read this 2 1/2 year study of 6,704 High School athletes by the most respected researchers in the field: Christy Collins, Erica Fletcher, Sarah Fields, Lisa Kluchurosky, Mary Kay Rohrkemper, Dawn Comstock, Robert Cantu.
Neck Strength: A Protective Factor Reducing Risk For Concussion In High School Sports.
When I introduced the Iron Neck back in 2012 there wasn't proof that neck strength could help better protect against concussions. As a matter of fact, I ran up against a lot of opposition with that statement. I recall my first Strength Industry Convention when I debuted the Iron Neck, I can still picture the incredulous looks I got from strength coaches as they walked pass by my booth. The ones I got to stop would not try it - I could barely get them to hold it. The encounter would almost always turn into a debate as to why neck strength could help protect against concussions.
It's amazing how four years has changed these interactions at Strength Conventions. I just returned from the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Convention in Nashville and we could not keep up with the traffic at the booth. Coaches are being held more accountable than ever to better protect their kids from head injuries on the field. With a growing number of NFL and major college programs incorporating the Iron Neck into their training programs, word of its efficacy has spread. Most encouraging is the wide acceptance of neck training as an essential part of any proactive concussion management program.
The Iron Neck is designed to train the neck through the same movements athletes make on the field, building tremendous neck strength and increasing range of motion very quickly. It is averaging 2 inches of neck circumference growth in the first month in the high school athlete population.
Now that coaches accept the importance of neck strength in reducing concussion risk, I hope they will see the value in the Iron Neck as a powerful tool that empowers them to better protect their kids quickly.
What are we trying to accomplish by warming up the neck or another body part before competition, practice or even work? Injury prevention and improved sports performance.
Importance of Warm-Up
It is important that a warm-up include components of both game related skills and specific movements that the athlete will perform. A warm-up should include transitional movements, full ranges of motion, and light resistance to raise the muscle temperature which decreases the viscosity of the muscle. This in turn reduces muscle and joint soreness and stiffness which leads to greater ROM (range of motion) and provides protection against violent blows and sudden movements.
The neck is the most amazing “joint” in the human body.
The neck muscles not only hold the skull in place protecting a very fragile brain, they also flex, extend and rotate in myriad directions. This allows us to turn our senses of sight and hearing in the direction required to perform at high levels in sports, work and everyday life. A proper neck warm up should be functional. It should take the neck “joint” through all the ranges of motion and patterns it must face on the field, court, or ice.