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.
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."
A wrestler and football player in high school and at UCLA, Jolly continued his two-track life by serving as a football coach and strength & conditioning coach, developing athletes when not developing real estate.
Resurrecting a football program is no small task. For University of Alabama at Birmingham's Director of Sports Performance, Lyle Henley, it begins with a commitment to hard work and exploring new ways to challenge his athletes in the weight room.
If you've heard about or seen people trying to strengthen their neck muscles, you might wonder why. What are the benefits of strong neck muscles? Should you try and work on neck strength yourself? There are four key reasons neck strength matters more than you may think: