concussion prevention

Hey Trainer! My neck can do what?!?

My name is Jay Phillips and I am a Certified Athletic Trainer. I want to talk briefly about neck strength and the possible relationship between neck strength and reducing the risk for concussion in high school sports. As spring football and spring sports arrive I am constantly hearing one question over and over again from coaches, players, and parent’s alike, ‘what else can be done to reduce the risk of concussions?’ Well, there has been research that shows for every one-pound increase in neck strength, odds of concussion decreased by 5%. The research also shows that observing an athlete’s neck size might be a useful tool in screening athletes that just might be at a higher risk of concussions and could possibly be included in early prevention programs. So, if you work with your athlete to increase his or her neck strength and neck size, your efforts should result in a decrease risk of concussion.

Resources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24930131