EP 008 - Concussion Prevention with Dr. Ralph Cornwell Jr. and Mark Asanovich
Why Helmets Will Always fail to prevent concussion - The nasty effects of cumulative head injury - Strength Training the Neck
Concussions are a major problem in professional and amateur sports. This week, I brought some experts on strength training of the head and neck to talk about how their work might play a role in concussion prevention.
Mark Asanovich and Dr. Ralph Cornwell Jr. have been involved in football programs in both the pro and amateur level. They’ve developed an evidence-based protocol to strengthen the head and neck muscles to protect the brains of athletes in all sports.
This information is important for athletes, coaches, and parents to help protect your athletes no matter what sports they play. Whether your kids are playing sports with obvious impact injuries like football, or if you have a female athlete playing soccer or lacrosse, this material may help reduce their risk of head injury.
“John lived the dream but I live the nightmare” - The real life impact of head injuries - 4:30
The evolution of the football helmet from leather to high tech - 5:30
How new helmets can make head injuries worse - 6:45
How head injuries may lead to the decline in the best talent playing football; the boxing example - 9:00
How Does Muscular Hypertrophy Stop Concussion? - 12:45
Obstacles for coaches to implement neck training - 14:15
Why female athletes need strength training more than anyone else. Age matched females can have 6x more risk for concussion than male counterparts - 17:15
Subconcussive forces to the head may be a larger culprit for brain injury than large concussive hits - 18:30
Strength training may reduce concussive forces, but they may increase sub concussive forces by preventing athletes from leaving. It is still up to coaches, trainers, and parents to manage how many hits an athlete takes - 20:00
Reference - for every pound increase in neck strength, odds of concussion decreased by 5% -
Collins CL et al. Neck strength: a protective factor reducing risk for concussion in high school sports. Journal of Primary Prevention. 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24930131
Neck strength: Beyond concussive injury. Dr. Cornwell’s story about neck fracture - 23:30
Chronic whiplash patients have greater fat infiltration in the cervical spine muscles. Possible strength deficiency in whiplash? - 25:50
Ref: Elliott JM. The Rapid and Progressive Degeneration of the Cervical Multifidus in Whiplash: A MRI study of Fatty Infiltration. Spine. 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25785961
Addressing safety of head and neck training; don’t be a Youtube star - 28:48
How much training does the neck need to be effective? 35:00
Learn more about Dr. Cornwell and Mark Asanovich:
Dr. Jonathan Chung is a chiropractor with a focus on Structural Correction. He is the owner and clinical director of Keystone Chiropractic in in Wellington, Florida. His practice focuses on structural problems in the top of the neck known as the craniocervical junction and it’s impact on migraine headache, neurodegenerative disease and traumatic brain injury. Read more from Dr. Chung at his blog at chiropractorwellington.com/blog.