5 Actions to Combat Concussion Concerns

5 Actions to Combat Concussion Concerns

Concussions and related issues are everywhere right now! As a person who has had multiple concussions, as a dad of daughters who suffered sports and non-sports concussions, and as a recently-retired high school counselor who saw a significant leap in the number and severity of concussions recently, I couldn’t be happier. I’m not happy that concussions are affecting so many athletes, nor am I pleased to hear about it all the time. What makes me happy is the fact that the issue is being discussed. It’s being addressed by many of the brightest minds in medicine, coaching, and education. Everyone is seeking answers.

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Train Like a Pro: Core & Neck Strength Training featuring Ashlyn Harris

Train Like a Pro: Core & Neck Strength Training featuring Ashlyn Harris

There are many risk factors involved with head trauma, but Neck Strength is the only risk factor that can be modified. Concussed athletes had a smaller neck circumference and less overall strength. In untrained youth, the odds of a concussion dropped 5% for every pound of neck strength. In March of 2014, the American Journal of Sports Medicine published an article showing that greater neck strength and anticipatory cervical muscle activation can reduce the magnitude of the kinematic response. So while we may never be able to fully prevent a concussion, we can develop the muscles around the neck to reduce the risk.

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