A little over a year ago, one of the most important football-related studies I’ve ever seen was published in the Journal of Primary Prevention. Unfortunately, I don’t think the results ever really became mainstream in football circles, which has absolutely baffled me.
The study was lead by an Ohio State researcher named Dawn Comstock, but included several highly-regarded scientists including Dr. Robert Cantu who has been called “America’s concussion doctor.”
The study collected injury-related data from 6,704 student-athletes participating in six sports. The most important finding was that the research showed that for every single pound of improved neck strength, an individual reduces his or her concussion risk by 5 percent.
With concussion awareness being crammed down our throats at every turn, how has this important information not been at the forefront of coaching education?
If we can reduce the risk of sustaining a concussion simply by getting the neck stronger, why wouldn’t every single football coach in America include neck strengthening in their strength program?
Many Coaches Simply Don’t Know How To Safely And Effectively Train Their Athletes’ Necks
One of the biggest reasons seems to be that many coaches simply don’t know how to safely and effectively train their athletes’ necks. Many others many not feel comfortable or confident implementing a program.
After hearing these excuses over and over again, we decided to do something about it. We decided to hire an expert in the area of strengthening the neck and have him produce a product that teaches you exactly how to safely and effectively strengthen your athletes’ necks.
Developed By Coach Adam Stoyanoff
Adam Stoyanoff is the Director of Performance Training for Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Specialists in Jackson, MI. He began his strength and conditioning career at Bowling Green State University as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Adam has spent his career coaching and consulting for numerous colleges and high schools. He’s coached dozens of athletes that have gone on to play at high levels of competition in college and professionally in football, hockey, basketball and baseball. Along with being a former college strength coach, he has worked in high schools for the past 10 years. He has conducted staff education sessions for college football programs, written numerous articles on neck strengthening and trained thousands of necks.
Adam received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Albion College, where he also played football. He finished his Master’s at BGSU in Developmental Kinesiology and earned the CSCS credential from the NSCA.
Neck Training for Football
The Neck Training for Football Program
The program is simple and straightforward, so you’ll be able to start implementing it immediately.
While we all get excited about speed and strength development, this neck training program may be the most important product we’ve created at Football Coach U. Our goal with this product is to improve the neck strength of all high school football players so we can reduce the overall risk of concussions nationwide.
The #1 reason why we strength train is to reduce the risk of injury in our sport. We can’t eliminate injuries completely, but we owe it to our athletes to reduce the amount and risk of injury. Taking that notion a step further and applying to the most delicate area of the football player, the head, neck and spine, should be a priority give them a chance to train that area. There are an estimated 1.6-3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year. During 2001-2005, children and youth ages 5-18 years accounted for 2.4 million sports-related emergency department (ED) visits annually, of which 6% (135,000) involved a concussion.
5-10% of all athletes will experience a concussion in any given sport season.