Evaluation of a neck strengthening program as a potential intervention to reduce the risk of
sport-related concussion in youth contact and collision sport athletes.
This is a pilot study to investigate the effect of a supervised 8 week strengthening
intervention in male and female youth contact and collision sport athletes. Participants
will complete a supervised strengthening exercise intervention involving manual resistance
exercises administered by a strength coach with pre- and post-intervention assessments of
neck size and strength.
- Contact/collision sport athletes (for example, american football, soccer, rugby,
lacrosse, ice hockey, field hockey, basketball, wrestling, boxing, martial arts,
- History of concussion (suspected or diagnosed) in the previous 6 months
- History of neck pain or injury in the previous 6 months
- History of migraine headaches
- History of personal or parental history of a diagnosed anxiety disorder
James T Eckner, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation