Research

Improves strength in all three planes of neck motion.

Ongoing Research

⦁ Evaluating the Effects of a Novel Neuromuscular Neck Training Device on Multiplanar Static and Dynamic Neck Strength: A Pilot Study The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

⦁ Dynamic Neck Strength as a Potential Screening Tool for Future Concussion risk: A Pilot Study Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine

⦁ Lower dynamic neck strength is associated with history of concussion in varsity female soccer players British Journal of Sports Medicine

⦁ Evaluating the Effects of a Novel Neuromuscular Neck Training Device on Isometric and Dynamic Neck Strength: A Pilot Study Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine
⦁ Sport Concussion Performance-Based Prevention Program Clinicaltrials.gov

⦁ TopSpin360 in Female Varsity Athletes Clinicaltrials.gov

⦁ Cervicogenic Concussion Rehabilitation With TopSpin360 Clinicaltrials.gov

Supporting Research

Neck Strength: A Protective Factor Reducing Risk for Concussion in High School Sports

For every one pound increase in neck strength, odds of concussion decrease by 5%. We conclude that identifying differences in overall neck strength may be useful in developing a screening tool to determine risk of concussion.

Collins, C. L., Fletcher, E. N., Fields, S. K., Kluchurosky, L., Rohrkemper, M. K., Comstock, R. D., & Cantu, R. C. (2014). Neck Strength: A Protective Factor Reducing Risk for Concussion in High School Sports. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 35(5), 309–319. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-014-0355-2

The Influence of Cervical Muscle Characteristics on Head Impact Biomechanics in Football

Neuromuscular training designed to enhance cervical muscle dynamic resptonses may be a more suitable and effective approach than strength training to reduce the odds of sustaining high-magnitude head impacts among football athletes.

Schmidt, J. D., Guskiewicz, K. M., Blackburn, J. T., Mihalik, J. P., Siegmund, G. P., & Marshall, S. W. (2014). The Influence of Cervical Muscle Characteristics on Head Impact Biomechanics in Football. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 42(9), 2056–2066. http://doi.org/10.1177/0363546514536685

Effect of Neck Muscle Strength and Anticipatory Cervical Muscle Activation on the Kinematic Response of the Head to Impulsive Loads

In conclusion, the results of this study suggest that greater neck strength accentuates the head’s dynamic response to external forces. These relationships hold true in all planes of head motion and across the age spectrum in athletes of both sexes.

Eckner, J. T., Oh, Y. K., Joshi, M. S., Richardson, J. K., & Ashton-Miller, J. A. (2014). Effect of Neck Muscle Strength and Anticipatory Cervical Muscle Activation on the Kinematic Response of the Head to Impulsive Loads. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. http://doi.org/10.1177/0363546513517869

Upcoming Conferences

2022 American Volleyball Coaches Association Convention

December 14-17, 2022 Omaha, Nebraska
“Taking an Active Approach to Concussion Risk Mitigation in Volleyball – A Case Study of The Citadel”

6th Edition International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport

October 27-29, 2022 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
“Dynamic neck strength as a potential screening tool for future concussion risk: A pilot study”

Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Services Forum 2022

October 17-19, 2022 Halifax, Nova Scotia

Military Health System Research Symposium

September 12-15, 2022 Kissimmee, Florida
“Dynamic neck strength as a potential screening tool for concussion risk in female soccer players”
“Application of Dynamic Multi-planar Neuromuscular Neck Training (TopSpin360) for the Rehabilitation of Chronic Neck Pain in an Active Military Physical Therapist: A Case Report”

Past Conference Presentations

World Federation of Athletic Training & Therapy

May 5-7, 2022 Winnipeg, Manitoba
“Dynamic neck strength as a potential screening tool for concussion risk in female soccer players”

SPIN Summit 2021

December 8-10, 2021 Virtual
“Effect of dynamic neck training on neck strength measures in the Ontario women’s REX soccer program”
“Dynamic neck strength as a potential screening tool for concussion risk in female athletes”

IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport

November 25-27, 2021 Monaco City, Monaco
“Dynamic neck strength as a potential screening tool for future concussion risk: A pilot study”

SPIN Summit 2019

October 29-31, 2019 Toronto, Ontario
“Effect of TopSpin360 training on static and dynamic neck strength and neck strength balance in University female soccer players”

NSCA National Conference 2018

July 11-14, 2018 Indianapolis, Indiana
“TopSpin360 The revolution in neck strengthening”

Canadian Physiotherapy Association National Congress 2018

November 1-3, 2018 Montreal, Quebec
“Training effect of a novel neuromuscular neck training device”