Concussion Risk Reduction

**WHILE THERE IS PUBLISHED RESEARCH THAT SUPPORTS THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE IS A CORRELATION BETWEEN NECK STRENGTH AND CONCUSSION RISK, NO PRODUCT SHOULD CLAIM THAT THEIR PRODUCT CAN PREVENT CONCUSSIONS**

The October 2014 publication in the NIH (National Institute of Health) entitled, "Neck strength: a protective factor reducing risk for concussion in high school sports", was an eye opener and validated our years of research and design of the CerviFit. A link to the complete study can be found here. Here is the abridged and relevant portion. "In the second phase, during the 2010 and 2011 academic years, ATs from 51 high schools in 25 states captured pre-season anthropometric measurements for 6,704 high school athletes in boys' and girls' soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, as well as reported concussion incidence and athletic exposure data. We found high correlations between neck strength measurements taken with the developed tool and a hand-held dynamometer and the measurements taken by five ATs. Smaller mean neck circumference, smaller mean neck to head circumference ratio, and weaker mean overall neck strength were significantly associated with concussion. The study concludes, "For every one pound increase in neck strength, odds of concussion decreased by 5 % (OR = 0.95, 95 % CI 0.92-0.98). We conclude that identifying differences in overall neck strength may be useful in developing a screening tool to determine which high school athletes are at higher risk of concussion. Once identified, these athletes could be targeted for concussion prevention programs."