Check Up from the Neck Up
Insights and perspectives on injury prevention, rehabilitation, health and fitness
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.