Eastern Michigan football at forefront of concussion prevention through neck strengthening
The Eastern Michigan football program is at the forefront of a new effort to decrease concussions by strengthening players’ necks.
Joseph Tobianski | AnnArbor.com
Research has suggested that increased neck strength can lead to fewer instances of concussions, and data at EMU seems to bear that out. The Eagles had 55 “occurrences of neck trauma” in 2010, and only 35 last year. The team suffered three concussions in 2011.
EMU’s program has been in conjunction with Mike Gittleson, who spent 30 years as the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Michigan and is now a strong proponent of increasing neck strength to decrease concussions.
Gittleson calls EMU’s neck-strengthening program "the one program in America that you can really embrace."