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The Cervical Spine And Our Ability To Balance

The cervical spine’s associated musculature is regarded as an important proprioceptive organ for postural processes. The muscles are small with a high spindle density. You can think of this region as the hotbed of proprioception. Disturbances of gait can occur by interfering with, damaging, weakening or fatiguing the muscles of the head and neck. Training this region augments static as well as dynamic posture – our ability to balance.

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Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck

Wayne State University

Ruben Mendoza is a former NFL offensive guard who is now the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of Wayne State University. Ruben has coached at South Carolina, Tennessee - Chattanooga , Clemson, Ole Miss, Mississippi and Notre Dame and as you can ascertain has a vast experience in the profession. Under Rueben's guidance Wayne State is a perennial contender for top-10 honors in the NACDA Learfield Sports' Directors Cup. With Mendoza's direction the University just completed their new Athletic Department weight room. The Warriors will be Getting Stronger in Detroit.

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Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Glute-ham, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum Vertical Chest Press, Pendulum Combo Lat Pull, Pendulum Utility Bench

A Strength Component In Return-To-Play

The head and neck muscular system is a complex anatomical structure and has apparent muscle redundancy; that is, more head and neck muscle than degrees of freedom. It is been postulated that individuals exhibit a large variation of neck muscle activation strategies for accomplishing the same task intra individually, as well as between subjects. The health practitioner’s return-to-play protocol after a concussion, whiplash, nerve or muscle trauma must contain a measurable strength component to restore each muscle to normalcy, redressing this tendency to substitute by the injured athlete.

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Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck

Preventative Sports Medicine

Preventative sports medicine is the hallmark of any strength and conditioning program. The first goal of a professional is to develop effective and practical ways to reduce the number of sports-related injuries. Train the Head and Neck on the Pendulum 4 or 5 Way Machines and Get Strong.

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Training on the Pendulum Head and Neck Machine

 

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck

A Neck Machine That Trains The Traps

By simply disengaging the face pad lever arm from the adjustable 'Cam', via it's pop pin, the Pendulum 5 Way Head and Neck machine instantly becomes a seated one or two arm shrugging device.  

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IMG_5656                  Shrugging on the Pendulum 5 Way Head and Neck Machine 

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck

Strong Hands Make Strong Players

Maximizing the strength of the hands requires an athlete to train the various grips of power, hook, ball, pinch, precision, abbduction and adduction.  Having tools designed for each movement and a place to house them is important. The Cincinnati Bengals are Pros and as expected have a professional approach when it comes to their hand strength.

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The Pendulum Grip Cart at the Cincinnati Bengals Training Facility 

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum Grip Cart

Train The Entire System

In April of 2018 the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published "Feasibility and Effect of Cervical Resistance Training on Head Kinematics in Youth Athletes: A Pilot Study."  Their goal was to see if there was potential for utilizing neck strengthening exercise to reduce youth athletes' risk for sport-related concussion by increasing neck girth and strength.  

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It has already been determined that neck girth and strength is associated with a lower risk of sport-related concussions. Having a stronger and/or larger neck mitigates head acceleration and dissipates force. The findings were published in the Journal of Pediatric Exercise Science several years ago - "The relationship between impact force, neck strength and neurocognitive performance in soccer heading in adolescent females." - and in Sports Health, "Sex Differences in Anthropometrics and Heading Kinematics Among Division I Soccer Athletes."

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Knowing neck girth and neck strength are factors that may limit head impact kinematics, it only makes sense that neck exercises are included in workout programs for all participants. The neck is part of our muscular system and should not be excluded from exercise regimes.

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Administering an exercise program requires it to be safe and effective, in other words -well thought out. One of the best programs in the United States is administered by the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, NJ.  Read the following blog to get insight into putting together a program that trains the entire system to increase performance and protect the athlete. 

http://info.rogersathletic.com/get-strong/bid/102205/Neck-Develop-Progressions-From-6th-Grade-To-12th

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Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Neck training

Discover Strength

One of the best Clinics you can attend to obtain the latest scientific research on muscular development is held each year in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The clinic is put on by Discover Strength. Attendees learn how to strength train effectively in the least amount of time, through presentations and demonstrations. There are morning workouts and additional information for those who run or want to learn learn how to run a fitness business.  

Discover Strength brings a team of Personal Trainers holding certification from the American College of Sports Medicine with degrees in Exercise Science focused on exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning, and nutrition. http://www.discoverstrength.com/

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Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Clinics, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum Vertical Chest Press

Seton Hall

Seton Hall University - South Orange, New Jersey

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Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Shoulder/Incline, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum Vertical Chest Press, Pendulum Grip Cart

Maximize Range Of Motion - Neck Extension

The trapezius muscle is complex and is involved in many functions, posturally it is a counterbalance against the forward flexion of the head, due to the head's slight anterior center of gravity in relation to it's axis. The trapezius elevates the pectoral girdle, rotates the scapula upwards, retracts the scapula, depresses the shoulders - it is involved in side flexion of the neck, axial rotation of the upper thoracic spine and extension.

For safety, when we are startled, we quickly shrug elevating our shoulders using our traps to safeguard our head by not allowing the occiput to be thrust backwards. This movement is natural and reflexive. Training on a neck machine we unconsciously elevate our shoulders as a protective mechanism restricting the normal range of motion of neck extension. To maximize neck strength hold the handle in front of the Pendulum 4 or 5 Way Neck machine's seat pad or hold on to the bottom of the seat pad which depresses the traps. Keeping the shoulders down during neck extension strength will grow quickly.......use good form to Get Strong.

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 The Pendulum 5 Way Neck Machine

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Neck training