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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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Topics: Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum 5 Way Neck

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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Topics: Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum 5 Way Neck

Wayne State University

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 16, 2018 4:21:08 PM

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

A Strength Component In Return-To-Play

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 14, 2018 9:09:41 AM

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 4 Way Neck, Pendulum 5 Way Neck

Preventative Sports Medicine

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 9, 2018 2:16:20 PM

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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A Neck Machine That Trains The Traps

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 7, 2018 8:53:06 AM

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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Strong Hands Make Strong Players

Posted by Mike Gittleson on May 28, 2018 7:29:23 PM

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 

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Train The Entire System

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Apr 16, 2018 3:08:10 PM

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 4 Way Neck, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Neck training