August 30, 2017

3 Easy Ways to Reduce the Risk of Concussion – #2

So this is the second way to reduce the risk of concussion….IMPROVE NECK STRENGTH

A new study by Sean Gregory states that for every 1 pound increase in overall neck strength you reduce your risk of concussion by 5%.

 

(Neck Strength Predicts Concussion Risk, Study Says New research shows that stronger necks may lead to safer heads. By Sean Gregory @seanmgregory Feb. 21, 2013 )

To measure neck strength one can use the functional neck flexor endurance test.  To do this test have a person lay on their back on a flat surface, they then lift their head off the table one inch. The average hold time should be at least 39 seconds for males and 29 seconds for females. (The Deep Neck Flexor Endurance Test: Normative Data Scores in Healthy Adults Manuel A. Domenech, PT, DPT, EdD, Phil S. Sizer, PT, PhD, Gregory S. Dedrick, PT, ScD, Michael K. McGalliard, PT, ScD, Jean-Michel Brismee, PT, ScD)

Because their heads are disproportionately large compared to the rest of their body, concussions often occur in young children, children ages 14 to 18 (high-school age) represented 58 percent of the emergency visits treated for a sports-related concussion (http://theconcussionplace.com/concussion-statistics/Concussion Statistics by TCP | May 7, 2015)

There is evidence now showing that females are at an increased risk for concussion compared to males in sports such as soccer, lacrosse, and hockey due to lack of neck strength.  Having a weak neck no matter the gender will increase risk of concussion. This is due to the inability to stabilize the head leading to the brain bouncing around in the skull.  (Neck Strength Predicts Concussion Risk, Study Says New research shows that stronger necks may lead to safer heads. By Sean Gregory @seanmgregoryFeb. 21, 2013 ) (http://www.traumaticbraininjury.net/female-athletes-see-higher-concussion-risk-despite-focus-on-male-athletes/Paul Stone | March 3, 2017) Head Games Girls are getting more concussions than boys are. Why they are at risk By Sean Gregory Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007 http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1689210,00.html?pcd=pw-ks