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
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
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.
8th Annual Strength & Conditioning/Athletic Development Conference
CEUs will be 1.2 NSCA, 9.0 BOC, CSCCa 6.75 and 12 NSPA
Performance Training Center powered by UNDER ARMOUR (FX Studios - Hunt Valley)
11270 Pepper Road
Hunt Valley, Maryland
Itinerary for Friday, July 18, 2014
5:15-6:00 pm Registration / Check-In
5:50-6:00 pm Opening Remarks - Adam O'Brien, Director of FX Performance Training Center
6:00-6:55 pm ”The Meats And Potatoes”
Robert Taylor, Jr., Founder and Owner of SMARTER Team Training
7:00-7:55 pm "TBD"
Dr. Jan Dommerholt, President and Owner of Bethesda Physiocare
8:00-8:55 pm ”Think Fast. Be Fast. Perform Fast.”
Mike Wehrell, CEO of Vertimax
9:00-9:30 pm “Meet and Greet” – Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided in Sponsor/Vendor Area
itinerary for Saturday, July 19, 2014
7:00-8:15 am Registration / Check-In – Drinks and bagels will be provided in Sponsor/Vendor Area
7:50-8:00 am Welcome and the “Kick Off”
8:00-8:55 am “O-Lifts From Beginners To The Big Time”
Drew Wilson, Director of S&C at the University of Maryland
9:00-9:55 am “Strength Training: Practical and Purposeful Applications”
Matt Brzycki, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, Fitness at Princeton University
10:00-10:55 am "Are Your Prepared For Combine Prep?"
Justin Kavanaugh, Head Coach at The Sport & Speed Institute
11:00-11:55 am “Strength Training: Did You Know?"
Mike Gittleson, Former Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Michigan
12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch Break – Subs Provided in Sponsor/Vendor Area
12:10-12:55 pm “Round Table” for Questions and Discussion – This section of the event will allow for questions, provide advice, suggestions, and guidance where applicable.
1:00-1:55 pm ”Movement Screen And More”
Dr. Justin Funk, Founder and President of Lax Factory
2:00-2:55 pm ”Developing Your Training Template”
Doug Scott, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Pingry School
3:00-3:55 pm “Acceleration. Not Speed Training Or Conditioning. We Are Talking Acceleration!”
Dave Brixius, owner of Explosive Sports Performance
4:00 pm Closing comments
The Old Dominion University Weight Room. The Monarchs located in Norfolk, Virginia have joined Conference USA.
Pendulum 4-Way Head and Neck Machine
Pit Shark Belt Squats