If You Do Not Train The Muscles Of The Head And Neck Do Not Expect Them To Grow
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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No “Paine” No Gain?
By: Matthew Kavalek
Historians often refer to Thomas Paine as “The Father of the American Revolution” because of his book Common Sense. The book presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom…
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It was assumed in the early era of weight training that athletes would develop inelastic overdeveloped muscles. The condition was deemed 'musclebound'. Becoming musclebound dominated the early conversations of strength training.
The newly created position of Strength and Conditioning Coach in the 1970's was dubious. Strength Coaches not only had to…Continue
Project Neck- The Female Study
According to a study published in the Journal of Athletic Training in 2007, female high school athletes suffered almost 40 percent more concussions than males did. It estimated that female players suffer about 29,000 concussions annually with boys suffering 21,000.…Continue
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If you want to run better train your neck musculature.
The anterior, medial and posterior scalenes firmly fix to the frist and second ribs. The scalenes aid in deep respiration, something we certainly do in heavy running. The Scalene muscles are active…Continue
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The Early Stages Of Strength Gains
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… Continue
Part of activating muscle is having it.
The Pashby Sports Safety Award is an award presented in Canada to recognize and honor people who make sports and recreational activities safer from catastrophic injuries, which typically involve the eyes, spine or brain. Dr. Karen Johnston MD, PHD was given the Safety Award for her outstanding work to prevent injuries, most specifically concussions.
She is also Director of the Concussion…Continue
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Ralph Cornwell, Jr. PhD. Candidate from Virginia Tech announced today of the expansion of his research study looking at lowering concussive and subconcussive forces with anatomical changes to the neck, trapezius and upper back , accomplished through resistance training.
Cornwell’s research appropriately named Project Neck, is charged with creating…Continue
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How About Having Strong FingersMike 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 how… 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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A muscle biopsy is a procedure used to remove and examine a piece of tissue microscopically.
Athletes all over the nation that play fall sports in high schools and colleges are involved in winter strength and conditioning programs.
If you were to do a muscle biopsy on a single fiber of these athletes prior to training and then did the same biopsy post training you will find something very…Continue
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Leg Press Those Linemen With few exceptions muscles exert smaller tension at shorter lengths.
The rectus femoris muscles and wrist extensors are in deference to the above rule in some populations.
The rectus femoris is one of the four powerful quadricep muscles of the upper thigh. The rectus can flex the thigh at the hip and extend the leg at…Continue
The Rules Of Manual Resistance
In 1979 Dan Riley introduced Manual Resistance to America at the National Strength Coaches Convention. More importantly Dan demonstrated to exercise physiology researchers that muscular strength and functional abilities could be enhanced significantly without the use of barbells or machines utilizing manual techniques.
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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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