There are nearly 4M sports-related concussions in the US every year. Research tells us that increased neck strength reduces concussion risk.
"For every one pound increase in neck strength, the odds of concussion decrease by 5%." This makes neck strength a crucial part of the prevention puzzle.
The New Helmet Test
The NOCSAE’s new helmet test recognizes the importance of rotational force. While the old test only measured the linear force experienced by the head, the new test incorporates a “neck” that allows the head to twist and move in all directions.
An Answer to Rotational Force
Whiplash and rotational forces are overlooked aspects of concussions. Your neck isn’t confined to linear directions of movement. Your neck training protocol shouldn’t be either.