The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Coaches Conference is going on today in Louisville. It will host the top strength and conditioning coaches from the high school, college and professional ranks, as well as sports coaches, researchers, and sports performance professionals.
Among the educational opportunities is the following session:
Sports Concussion: The Role of Neck Strength and Risk Reduction
Dr. Tad Seifert, MD, is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Kentucky and is Director of Norton Healthcare’s Sports Concussion Program. In the summer of 2013, he was appointed Head of the NCAA Headache Task Force, where he oversees headache-related research in collegiate athletes. Despite an incidence of approximately 3.8 million sports-related concussions per year, prevention of this injury remains quite challenging. Neck strengthening may limit transmitted forces to the head and mitigate trauma to the brain; therefore, increasing the strength and rigidity of the head-neck region could decrease the acceleration forces experienced by the head when struck. This session aims to review current evidence-based data in neck strength and its association with concussions.