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."
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.
It starts simply enough—a twinge of neck pain or bit of numbness in your hands or feet, or perhaps in your back. Then you begin to feel weakness in your arms or legs. Suddenly you wake up one morning to find that you have difficulty walking or balancing. Extreme pain sets in, and pretty soon what began as mere discomfort feels like a nightmare. This is what it’s like to live with untreated sciatica or cervical stenosis.
Our brains are powerful yet delicate, and there are few things that can change your life for the worse like brain damage. While our skulls are strong, they can only do so much when it comes to protecting the sensitive organ within. These days there is growing awareness of the danger posed by concussions, especially for athletes who tend to experience numerous concussions, which can be devastating to the brain.
Your brain is a complex, delicate organ that is highly susceptible to injury, and few things can radically diminish your quality of life like brain damage. But to combat this threat, it’s important to understand the various types of head and brain trauma that can occur, and to appreciate the different mechanisms that can inflict these varying forms of harm. One major factor is the direction of the injurious force, and research has shown that our brains are most susceptible to damaged caused by rotational rather than linear movement. So, what can you do to prevent brain injury due to rotational forces?