Check Up from the Neck Up
Insights and perspectives on injury prevention, rehabilitation, health and fitness
September 28, 2012, USA TODAY
Concern about concussions and how these brain injuries affect children’s health, has never been higher, and rightly so, says neurosurgeon Robert Cantu, one of the nation’s leading concussion experts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency department visits for sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions, increased by 60% among children and adolescents (from birth to 19 years old) over the past decade.
Syracuse’s Athletic Training Department reported a 35% decrease in neck injuries during the 2013 football season. Why did neck injuries drop 35%? William Hicks, Assistant Athletic Director For Athletic Performance, credits the 7 Iron Necks the players have been training with since the summer. Syracuse has already dramatically dropped the number of concussions since using the Iron Neck but this new figure shows how well neck musculature, flexibility and range of motion are improved with the neck training device
A strong neck is important in protecting the brain. Let's break it down.
1. The brain sits in cerebral fluid.
2. When there is an impact to the head the brain will move towards the area of impact. If the blow is hard enough it will even impact the cranium.
3. Now the brain is pinned against that side of the cranium from the force of the blow and as the head moves away from the impact it remains pinned against the skull.
Now comes the very critical reaction from the neck muscles. Will the brain be protected or bounce around in the cranium?