Research Study Project Neck – The Female Study

Project Neck- The Female Study

According to a study published in the Journal of Athletic Training in 2007, female high school athletes suffered almost 40 percent more concussions than males did. It estimated that female players suffer about 29,000 concussions annually with boys suffering 21,000.

A new study to be published in the Journal of Athletic Training found that in high school soccer, girls sustained this type of head trauma 68 percent more often than boys. Female concussion rates in high school basketball were almost three times higher then boys and the girls took longer to return to play.

When there is an Epidemic in The United States we don’t just inoculate one section of the population we give the antidote to all that need it. In light of research and just common sense our female athletes need to be protected.

Because of physiological differences, women do not have to worry about getting ‘huge’ necks, but they can become very strong. The physics of kinetic energy dissipation applies to females as well as men. The female athlete can protect herself by strengthening the musculature around the cervical spine.

Their  training is not dissimilar then the men who train theirs. They train  the flexor, extensors and trapezius muscles that allow for increased neck stiffness and high performance moves on the playing field.

Project Neck- The female Study examines the changes both anatomically and morphologically, when resistance training is introduced.

The female subjects will follow the same protocol of their male counterparts used in Project Neck earlier this year.


Females Can Get Really Strong.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. The heightened risk of concussive injury among female athletes engaged in contact sports is examined in this article.

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  2. Posted by Kristian Weaver on July 18, 2011 at 8:09 am

    During my Sports Therapy career I have worked with female rugby players. In one competition weekend there were 5 cervical spine injuries, therefore it would be of interest to further study cervical neck strengthening injury prevention programmes throughout female contact sports.

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  3. Posted by Luis on January 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I think we should worry less about testing athletes when they have a concussion and more in help them to be physical and mentally ready to play. Concussion will happen all the time but an athlete, male or female, who has strength his/her body properly will have a less risk of having a concussion.

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