The 2014 Journal of Primary Prevention recently published, "Neck Strength: A Protective Factor Reducing Risk for Concussion in High School Sports." After looking at 51 schools in 25 states and taking anthropometric measurements on 6,704 boys and girl athletes in three sports researchers found that smaller mean neck circumference and smaller mean neck to head circumference ratio, and weaker mean overall neck strength was significantly associated with concussions.
To date prevention of concussions has focused on improving helmets, rule changes, practice restrictions, return-to-play policies and introducing helmets to sports not currently using them. The study concluded that athletes with modifiable anthropometric factors such as low neck strength can reduce their risk of concussions through a neck strengthening program.
Michigan State Spartans Getting Strong
You can easily attach the Pit Shark Belt Squat on to the Pendulum Power Rack so you may belt squat or do weighted chins and dips. The Pit Shark can be left as a permanent fixture on the rack or be removed and stored, returning it when training necessitates its use. This detachable device is a great way to get the most out of your weight room.
Belt Squatting on the Pendulum Power Rack
The Pendulum Rack System with Two Pit Sharks Attached
Pendulum Gets you Strong
The University of Texas adds Pendulum Hip Presses to their weight room.
The Pendulum Hip Presses are prepared for delivery to the University of Texas
Pendulum Hip Presses in their new home...Hook 'em Horns...Get Strong
The Wahama White Falcons are in the Tri-Valley Conference, a 16 member conference, located in southeastern Ohio and are the only school from West Virginia. A perennial powerhouse in football, Wahama High School just accepted delivery of their new Pendulum 4-Way Neck Machines in time for the upcoming season.
Pendulum 4-Way Head and Neck Machines
Under Armour Performance Center Powered by FX Studios at UA Global Headquarters is focused on increasing performance. Located on 1020 Hull Street in Baltimore, Maryland the Performance Center is a great place to Get Strong.
• Group Training sessions offered throughout each day
• State of the art sports, athletic and fitness training equipment
• Initial fitness, postural, and nutritional consultation using the latest technology
• Customized exercise program with measurable components to track your progress
• Focused attention from our trainers in a motivating, high energy environment
• Fitness and nutritional challenges
• Bring all or some of your current team
• Work with Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists who build customized programs
Pendulum 3-Way Row
Pendulum Hip Press
Train Overlooking the Waterfront
When you are an athlete and have spent the summer in preparation for the season it is fun to compete and show off your strength before participating in fall football camp. The Mountaineers of West Virginia finished their summer session with some strongman competition. The Atlas Stones were a great success, as expected the players competed hard and records were broken.
Placing heavy Atlas Stones over the yoke with the goal of as many as possible in 2 minutes. They Get Strong at the University of West Virginia.
At this years Strongest Man in Michigan Contest they rolled out the 190 pound Mammoth thick handled dumbbell for the one arm press.
Mammoth Dumbbell Clean and Press
Rolling out the Mammoth Dumbbell for Competition
Training on the Pendulum Power Rack System
The Pendulum 'Cam' on the 5-Way Head and Neck Machine and the 4-Way Head and Neck Machine allows the trainer to design programs that either isolate the muscles that move the head, isolate the neck muscles that move the cervical spine, or combine the two movements. The cam is also designed for doing drop sets. Drop sets are normally accomplished by changing the weight. On the Pendulum machine, the work arm is re-positioned to change the leverage used to move the resistance.
Re-positioning the face pad by using the selector pin
The Pendulum Cam is numbered 1-16 for precise training of athletes of all sizes and the targeting of specific areas of the head and neck musculature. To insure athletes are getting the most out of their training, many coaches use colored tape in addition to numbering in providing direction. Administering exercise to large numbers of athletes requires a system. It is easy for the coach to assign a specific number on the cam to use on a particular day to isolate an area or simply ask them to do a routine which requires them to move the face pad lever arm after each set. Below are three different workouts set by a coach using colored tape of blue, red, and black.
If an athlete was instructed to do a 'red routine', they simply move the work arm to each red hole for each set. A great way to Get Strong.
Matt Balis, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the UConn Huskies, adds Pendulum 5-Way Head and Neck Machines to the University of Connecticut weight room to increase athletic performance and lower the sub-concussive forces that occur in contact sports.
Rick Court, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Mississippi State University, runs a comprehensive head and neck program for increasing athletic performance as well a protecting the athlete by lowering subconcussive forces.
Pendulum 4 Way Head and Neck Machines
Training on the Pendulum Head and Neck Machines