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Forward Head Posture And The Cell Phone

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Oct 18, 2018 3:50:45 PM

The issues with the use of cell phones while driving is well documented and regulated. Many studies are now linking cellular technology overuse with sleep disturbances, anxiety, stress and to a lesser extent, depression and personality variables such as self-esteem, impulsivity, self-identity, and self-image.

Physicians, therapists, trainers and physical educators are becoming concerned that increased muscle activity in the neck–shoulder region when texting or surfing on a smartphone increases the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. It has clearly been shown that two-handed texting is associated with increased cervical flexion while one-handed texting was correlated with an asymmetric neck posture. Changes around the neck caused by forward head lean and/or increased cervical flexion with habitual texting is not favorable and presents spinal complications over time. 

We may not be able to control or affect cellular usage in the population but, schools, coaches, personal trainers, gym owners, exercise physiologists and others can all effect how we view and strength train the head, neck and traps and scapula in our workout regimes. Inclusion of exercise for the cervical spine will decrease postural problems linked to constant use of this communication technology and is important for a healthy lifestyle. 

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Never Stop Training

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Oct 3, 2018 10:03:24 PM

There is compelling evidence that exercise is medicine and physical inactivity 'has profound deleterious effects on health. Even late in life an increase in physical activity has striking benefits. The decline of structure and function of muscle mass over decades may represent the most dramatic change to our physiological system. Maintaining lean muscular tissue must be taken seriously, it's decline effects mobility, overall nutrient intake and status, disease, mastication, pulmonary function and much more including our independence in daily living.

In a meeting on biologic gerontology in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1988 Dr Irwin H. Rosenberg recognized the serious need to label this loss of lean tissue and introduced the the term sarcopenia, which originates from the Greek roots of the word sarx for flesh and penia for loss. Fighting sarcopenia should be a goal. Maintaining a normal body weight and maintaining functional skeletal muscle mass should always be at the forefront of any intervention strategy to achieve “healthy aging”.

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The Neck And The Bicycle

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Sep 22, 2018 6:04:03 PM

Swim/bike/run competition originated in the 1920's in France. In 1974 the first 'modern triathlon' was held with 46 participants in San Diego, California. The sport has grown into a World, Olympic and a Paralympic event. 

bike picThe neck is among the most common overuse injuries in cyclists. As this physically demanding, wonderfully challenging, sport has grown so has the number of participants that have visited neurosurgery clinics with neck and back pain. It is a reminder that it is always important to train the entire system. 

In a study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, "Neck pain in  multisport athletes." It was found in a questionnaire to triathletes that 64% had sport related neck pain.

The cycling portion of the triathlon requires neck extension posture. The neck extensors and traps are active for hours and as fatigue sets in the suboccipitals are stressed as the participant needs to keep eyes up and the  head often in full length neck extension to safely follow the road.

When preparing for biking, swimming, running or any sport, make sure head and neck is always an important part of your exercise program. Below Doug Scott the strength and conditioning coach for the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey regularly includes neck strength training as part of his race regime. Doug recently finished the Lake Placid, Ironman Triathlon. Exercising at a competitive pace for 13 hours with zero complications is a tribute to his method, knowledge and training approach. Get Strong and Stay Strong to finish Strong.

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The United States Naval Academy

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Sep 11, 2018 9:22:48 PM

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Ohio University

Posted by Pendulum Strength on Sep 4, 2018 11:33:09 AM

The Ohio University Bobcats recently upgraded their weight room with Pendulum strength training equipment. They will be Getting Strong in Athens.

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Athleticism And The Neck

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jul 9, 2018 11:07:12 AM

The respiratory system’s process of inspiration and expiration involves much more than the diaphragm and the internal and external intercostal muscles. The scalene muscles in the neck are involved in almost every breath we take. The platysma and sternocleidomastoid are involved in heavy breathing. Injure or develop neck muscles and your body’s athleticism will be affected.

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Pendulum Head And Neck Machines at the University of Michigan

 

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An Undeveloped Neck Changes The Force

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jul 5, 2018 11:19:56 AM

Conventional wisdom suggests that strength training increases body mass index (BMI) in a positive way, but does it? BMI is a simplistic measure of body fat. It is calculated by dividing one’s weight in kilograms by the square of one’s height in meters. The derived results can then be compared to a chart of normative data provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). BMI is useful for the overweight and obese, yet it does have limitations. BMI may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have muscular builds. The problem is this simple tool does not differentiate between fat mass and lean body mass. It has long been argued that heavily muscled, weight-trained athletes are healthy despite their BMI classification.

At issue is the athlete that increases muscle mass and vascularity significantly in all areas of the body but the neck region alters peripheral vascular resistance in an acute way. Peripheral resistance is a function of the internal vessel diameter, vessel length and blood viscosity. Having a large body and an undeveloped neck changes the force of the delivery system’s blood flow to the head.

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Where The Head Goes The Body Will Follow

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 29, 2018 9:37:00 AM

Where the head goes the body will follow’ is an athletic axiom that coaches teach. Stand straight, place your fingers lightly on the nape of your neck. Without moving your head quickly move your eyes left and right. You will feel the musculature in your neck begin to contract. The eyes are not connected to the neck muscles but the brain is preparing the body for movement. Like our limbs it is important to move the head quickly. Training the head and neck will enhance performance.

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Attenuation and Dissipation of force

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 25, 2018 8:05:34 PM

One of the important functions of strength training has become the development of the muscle and tendon as a unit. The muscle-tendon unit attenuates and dissipates force. Developing a strong musculoskeletal system is what is needed to protect joints and reduce injuries. This attenuation and dissipation of force is not exclusive to particular joints in the anatomical system.

The attenuation and dissipation of force and bracing before impact by activating neck muscles can lower subconcussive trauma. This is a great reason for training the musculature that moves the neck and supports the head.

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The Cervical Spine And Our Ability To Balance

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 21, 2018 7:23:31 AM

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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