Strengthening The Neck
Protects Your Athletes
New research offers evidence-based protocol,
which may be a step in reducing concussions
By Ralph Cornwell, Ph.D. and Mark Asanovich, MS,
Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Va.
As strength and conditioning professionals, you are charged with the duty of first and foremost…Continue
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DO YOU KNOW THE Numbers???????
COACHES EVERYWHERE KNOW HOW MUCH THEIR ATHLETES BENCH PRESS OR SQUAT.
ATHLETIC TRAINERS ARE AWARE OF MUSCLE IMBALANCES , INJURIES OR THE PREDISPOSITIONS OF THEIR ATHLETES.…Continue
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Strengthen The Head And Jaw
The infrahyoids are made up of four muscles; three of which attach to the hyoid bone, the omohyoid, the sternohyoid, and the thyrohyoid. They lie right over the trachea. The infrahyoids can be and are often damaged in whiplash.
Infrahyoids: flex the neck.
Suprahyoids: open the jaw.
The hyoids are involved in chewing and movements of the tongue.
The hyoids are heavily involved in posture and a…Continue
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Brace yourself to get ready.
Only at a velocity of zero can a muscle produce its maximal force, yet its length does not change. In training this is called an isometric contraction and techniques such as pushing or pulling on an immovable bar or against a given load on an exercise machine at a particular angle are used to Get Stronger.
If you brace, tensing your musculature as…Continue
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Still Fast But A Lot Slower
If you look at men or women from the ages of 18-80 and examine the shortening velocity of their musculature you may be tremendously surprised to find that age has no effect on how quickly a muscle can change its length or V max.
With aging there is a decrease in maximal force and power due to the loss of muscle mass and not to the unloaded shortening…Continue
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The No Hands Shrug
Very seldom in any contact sport do you complete a season without a hand or lower arm injury.
When playing a collision sport it is extremely important to keep the stiffness and volume of the muscles of the head and neck up, especially during the season. Continuing to train all the cervical musculature means also training the trapezius.
At the University of Toledo heavy rubber bands are used for…Continue
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Kevin Tolbert is the Head Strength Coach at Stanford University. He…Continue
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Negative Only Grip
Grip with two hands
Grip with one hand
Grip With Two Fingers At A Time
Train Individual Digits
Get A Grip On The Opponent When You Get… Continue
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Colgate University Knows How to Train the Head and Neck Musculature of Their Athletes.
Gabe Harrington and I worked together at The United States Military Academy at West Point as assistant strength…Continue
Ralph Cornwell Files-Women and Neck Training
Ralph Cornwell is a Ph.D. candidate in health promotion/human performance at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Prior to pursuing his Doctoral Degree he was a collegiate strength coach.…Continue
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KNow the Rules before you break the Rules
Training the muscles of the head and neck are essential to an athlete's protection and performance. The best case scenario for training the musculature of the head and neck…Continue
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There are many ways to do manual front of the neck. Laying on a bench or sitting on the floor seems to be the most popular.
Mike Gittleson was the Director of Strength & Conditioning at the University of Michigan for 30 years and was a part of 15 Football
Championships in that time. He explains, that laying on the floor is an effective way to manually…
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Life has many turning points. Each turning point involves a choice. While they may difficult choosing can be a catalyst for personal growth.
Ralph Cornwell is a Ph.D. candidate in health promotion/human performance at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Prior to pursuing his
Doctoral Degree he was a collegiate strength coach.
He is currently developing a protocol for…
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What is interesting about potential is that it is a latent excellence. Being latent we know that potential is there. The issue in athletics is that potential may or not be developed.
In strength and conditioning every rep can give you a different result. Being purposeful and getting the most out of effort will dramatically
change the potential of each individual and the…
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