Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Strong Necks: Are strong necks key to preventing concussion risks?


Strong Necks: Are strong necks key to preventing concussion risks?


Maria Almoite


At a first glance, this photo seems bizarre and absurd. What’s that thing on his head? What is he actually working out? While this photo seems out of ordinary, neck workouts are slowly gaining more traction in sports medicine. Recent studies have shown that those with stronger necks decreases the impact of concussion risks. In fact, women and children have been found to have weaker necks compared to men. Consequently, female concussion rates have nearly doubled compared to their male counterparts (Hootman, Dick, & Agel, 2007). As a result, both women and children are more likely to experience stronger impact of concussions. Strong necks are able to absorb force better which lowers concussion risk. In this image, the man is using an iron neck device to strengthen their neck muscles as preventative percussion against concussions. While there’s still a lot of work to be done to mitigate concussion risks, neck strengthening method serve as an effective preventative measure in the meantime.

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