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    Don't let a weak pencil neck be the reason you lose a fight you've been training for, or worse, be the reason you have to sit out of training for a few months with an injury. Instead, strengthen your neck & protect yourself in combat sports by reading this guide on the importance of neck exercises for boxing. Having a thick neck will decrease your likelihood of experiencing whiplash. This can result in a concussion, not only keeping you on the sidelines for an extended period of time but also increasing your risk of long-term brain damage.

    Neck training is an often underutilized aspect of physical fitness. Make no mistake though - it is just as important, if not more important, as the rest of your training. Particularly in combat & contact sports, training the neck protects you while actively enhancing your athletic abilities - making the benefits two pronged. 

    Whether it's from a nasty wipeout or the result of overuse from paddling, surfers' necks are as painful as it is debilitating. An unfortunate reality for anyone who loves this sport is that it can really take a toll on your joints and soft tissue - this means you're going to have to constantly be at risk of conditions like surfers' necks.

    Neck pain from cycling is a risk you sign up for every time you hop on your bike. Even with a perfect bike fit, the anatomy of your spine while riding is unnatural - and it puts the neck muscles under a ton of stress. This pain and tension are further exacerbated when you have a weak neck. which, to be honest, most people do.

    While the NFL and NHL made front page news for their heightened awareness of concussions, soccer player Brittni Souder looked for anyone who could understand her textbook symptoms of repetitive brain trauma.

    Learning how to get rid of tech neck is becoming a bigger and bigger issue, so today, we are going to help you understand how to manage the pain and re-establish the good posture you used to have. Whether you spend all day sitting at a desk in an office staring at your desktop monitor, or you always have your phone shoved in your face - one thing is true.

    Neck training probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of running, but proper biomechanics from the feet up to the neck is essential for safety and stabilization. Discover how neck training for runners helps to build strength, improve mobility, and improve attention while running. 
    Nico Barraza tore all the ligaments of his right shoulder and hand, and suffered a TBI, when he went over the handlebars of his bike. The former NCAA baseball player, pro ultrarunner and cyclist is bringing the Iron Neck in to restore his neck and shoulders to full function.

    Training with the Iron Neck will make any athlete better than they would be without it. Some coaches are taking their neck training for athletes beyond the basics, giving themselves an edge and moving the ball downfield for all of us.

    Let's play a game: we'll give you some data points, you tell us what sport it's from. Professional male athlete with VO2peak of 60 ml/kg/min, in-competition lactate concentration of 3.2 mmol/L and mean heart rate of 150 bpm, which is 80% of HRmax. Soccer? Basketball? Handball? The athlete is exposed to up to 6 G's, and the most common locations of pain and injury are the back and upper extremity. Rugby? Football? Isometric force production during neck extension is 330 N and 280 N for lateral flexion. Anything?
    Iron Neck has its roots in football, wrestling and combat sports, but as more coaches use it, the more sports benefit from neck training and development. Track & field, tennis and baseball are prime examples of where neck training needs to go next.
    With the Iron Neck becoming a regular in pro athletes' social media, we asked some of their trainers how they reached the point of saying "Yes, putting an Iron Neck on an NFL player's head is a good idea."