Training the muscles of the neck is often neglected. Let’s not forget our neck is located between the brain and the rest of the body. This is one of most important junctions of our bodies, so it’s a must that we train it. Strengthening the muscles of the neck has many benefits such as:
- Improves signals from brain to body
- Improves breathing
- Improves posture
- Improves balance and coordination
- Helps prevent injuries
- Helps reduce neck and back pain
- Helps release tension and stiffness
We live in a world now where our posture is compromised by everyday living. Slouching when sitting, phone usage, improper sleeping, stress, aging, etc. having a strong neck will eliminate a lot of the average every day aches and pains. As athletes, strong necks are vital to your performance especially if you play a contact sport. A neck that is stronger, thicker or aligned in a neutral posture can reduce the amount of energy transferred to the brain during an impact, thus reducing the risk and severity of concussions/injuries. Having a stronger neck can benefit everyone overall.
Tips on training the neck
Train the neck in all the different movement patterns; flexion, extension, and rotation. Make sure to focus on these movements with slower reps and adding pauses or isometric holds in the end ranges of motion. How we load the movements varies in many ways. The most common would be banded or adding weight to a neck harness. You can also train the neck indirectly just by making sure you practice good posture while exercising or going through everyday life. Good posture consists of pulling shoulders back while keeping a neutral head and neck position, where the ears sit directly on top of the shoulders. Neck training should never be neglected and should be trained in some form listed above. If you have any questions or interested in improving neck strength please contact us.
-B.S. Exercise science
-Minor in nutrition
-BPS Level 1