The neck is neglected in most strength and conditioning programs yet it’s a super important part of the body - not only for sports performance and activities of daily living but for protecting your brain. We’re constantly worried of tearing a hammy or our ACL yet all too often the neck and more importantly the brain are put on the back burner. The neck helps protect against concussion by helping absorb the force from hits and whiplashes when we cop shots to the body. If you’re a combat sports athlete (mma, boxing, jiu jitsu), a contact sports athlete (rugby, footy) or an athlete that’s taking repetitive stress to the head (soccer), you should be incorporating direct neck training into your programming. Concussion research is booming at the moment and a paper in 2017 by Mez and colleagues found that 99% (110/111 ) of former NFL players had signs of CTE when scanning their brains. This study also found that 91% of the college players tested also had signs of CTE. Look up the effects CTE has on the brain to understand why this is such as issue (Will Smith has a great movie about this called Concussion). I’ve been playing around with the @theironneck for the last 4 weeks and have noticed multiple benefits - the pain that used to run down the left side of my neck is all but gone, I’ve gained an additional 3 cm around my neck (great for those of you that want a thick neck 😂) and general stiffness from daily activities such working at a laptop, reading, writing, texting etc. has significantly reduced. I’ve only been using the #ironneck for basic exercises as seen in the video and I usually do 2-3 rounds of 2-3 minutes every 2-3 days. If you don’t have an iron neck (I highly recommend getting one) then you can do some things with bands and / or body weight - message us for more details on this.
If you’re one of the athletes mentioned above or even someone that suffers from general pain around the neck / upper back, you’ll benefit from some direct neck work. I’m looking forward to incorporating this into our athletes training program going forward. For more information head to the @theironneck page or their website! #one22