Check Up from the Neck Up
Insights and perspectives on injury prevention, rehabilitation, health and fitness
"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."
Wager was confronted by the issue at a recent AFCA Convention when he tried a neck piece of neck strengthening equipment for the first time. When he returned to Arlington and showed his peers, all six coaches in his district decided to make neck strengthening a priority at their schools.
"Neck strengthening should be at or near the top of our priority list when it comes to player safety and performance. I think we have known that it should be a priority, but we weren't doing it, largely because of the inconvenience.
"I think five or 10 years down the road, coaches are going to be thinking, 'What in the world were we doing before? If they are honest like me, they will admit that we have been doing our kids a disservice."
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