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.
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.
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."
Frank Wintrich relied on bodyweight training and general physical preparation to deliver a new stimulus to UCLA’s football players during the COVID-19 lock-out. Upon returning to the weight room, Wintrich went straight to the one thing the players missed the most while at home: building neck strength with the Iron Neck.
At St. Vincent Sports Performance, Jeff Richter is better preparing IndyCar drivers for the challenges on the track.Anyone who thinks IndyCar drivers aren't top level athletes, doesn’t understand the extreme challenges the body is exposed to in a racecar. Traveling at 200+ mph, banking into turns at 4-5 Gs, in a cockpit that reaches upwards of 130°, racecar drivers require a unique (high level, advanced) approach to their strength training and endurance conditioning.
A black belt out of Gracie Humaita Austin, Ash Warren has been practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for nearly two decades. As his passion for the sport has grown, he’s developed a perspective that places value on respect, hard work and community.
Mike Jolly, Founder and CEO of Iron Neck sits down with UCLA's Strength and Conditioning Coach to talk about concussion prevention, player safety, and other innovations in their football program to keep players on the field.