Check Up from the Neck Up
Insights and perspectives on injury prevention, rehabilitation, health and fitness
It is still amazing to me the resistance I face when I state that a strong neck can and will help minimize and prevent concussions. Once again I reiterate what I have said before. I recently interviewed Dr. Robert Cantu. He is considered by many to be the foremost expert on concussions. He stated in my interview that for every one pound of neck strength you add to you neck the chance of a concussion lessens by 5%. The article I quote below provides more details.
Each year, roughly 15% of football players suffer a mild traumatic brain injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the odds are even worse for teenage athletes. Teenage players suffer nearly 2 million brain injuries each year, and the likelihood of suffering a concussion is three times higher for football players than the second most dangerous sport (women’s soccer). Adding to these frightening statistics, Grantland.com reported that high school football players who suffer three or more concussions are nearly 10 times more likely to exhibit multiple abnormal responses to head injury, including loss of consciousness and persistent amnesia.