Check Up from the Neck Up
Insights and perspectives on injury prevention, rehabilitation, health and fitness
While this may seem obvious given the media attention, many people remain unaware that small repetitive brain injuries can cause long-term damage. It has been well documented that continuous sub-concussive level impacts have resulted in long-term neurological deficits that manifest themselves during the playing time or after the athlete has retired from the sport. These impacts can easily reduce the threshold of temporary and/or permanent brain injuries (The Forensic Examiner, Spring 2011).
According to Ralph Cornwell, Ph.D., the number of serious sports injuries could be reduced or minimized by properly and diligently training the most vulnerable region of an athletes’ body; the neck region.
The neck supports the head, which encases our control center and allows us to function. Without our brain, we have no body. Dr. Cornwell espouses that if the foundation is strong, then the head is better supported and the brain is better protected. This makes perfect sense.
In essence, the neck and trapezius muscles not only make it possible for a person to raise his/her head and shoulders, these muscles are holding up our brain. Neck muscles also act as springs and shock absorbers. Bigger and stronger necks can better absorb a blow with less deformation. Dr. Cornwell states that a stiffer spring— “stronger neck”—deflects greater frontal or side impact forces. Most injuries and/or concussions occur from a rotational blow to the head or body. Dr. Robert Cantu states that a concussion is nerve strain caused largely from rotation of the brain.
The Iron Neck is a neck-strengthening device that works the rotary muscles of the neck. A bigger, stronger neck gives an athlete a better chance of avoiding serious injury. Since the experts in the field are telling us to train our necks to avoid injuries, why aren’t we all doing it? The Iron Neck is the only neck-strengthening device currently available that works the neck muscles by applying horizontal resistance as the neck rotates. This versatile piece of equipment can be used with a bungee cord, or it can be attached to an adjustable cable machine, not to mention that it leaves no footprint in the gym or weight room.
The great news is that several athletes can train their necks simultaneously, saving valuable time and money; The Iron Neck is an affordable piece of equipment. The bottom line; The Iron Neck strengthens and builds the neck muscles, which ultimately could mean less injuries and/or concussions that can lead to depression, dementia, and loss of life.
Jenni Jolly, M.A. in Clinical Psychology
Vice President Mission Competition Fitness Equipment
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