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Trusted head injury prevention technique debunked

10.01.2006


Contrary to popular thinking in athletics, traditional neck muscle resistance training may not protect athletes from head injuries.


Force Application Trial Set-up. Photo Courtesy of Ryan T. Tierney, PhD, Temple University.



For eight weeks, kinesiologists at Temple University worked with male and female Division I intercollegiate soccer players to see if a resistance training program would reduce the player’s head acceleration during impact. According to Ryan Tierney PhD, director of Temple’s Graduate Athletic Training Program, head impacts experienced during soccer cause head acceleration, similar to what a person experiences during a car crash. These impacts may cause mental impairment or accumulate and lead to permanent disability.

His findings are published in the current issue of the Journal of Athletic Training and will be highlighted at the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa, January 7-10.


"We did see a change in the player’s neck muscle strength but these changes made absolutely no difference in their ability to stabilize their heads when force was applied," said Tierney.

Every year, 1.4 million Americans suffer from a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Moreover, previous research conducted by Tierney found that women are more susceptible to these types of injuries than men. Before Tierney’s latest findings, many scholars and trainers believed that resistance training could reduce these instances among drivers, firearm users and those who participate in sports.

Though traditional resistance training failed with this group, Tierney does not rule out the possibility that other types of training such as plyometrics (higher intensity exercises used to develop power that involve explosive muscular contractions) could be used to combat this problem.

Tory Harris | EurekAlert!
Further information:
http://www.nata.org/jat/readers/archives/40.4/i1062-6050-40-4-310.pdf
http://www.temple.edu

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