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Exercise Design

Dave Andrews played football at Ohio State University and was part of the 2002 National Championship team. He left OSU to become a graduate assistant in football at the University of Cincinnati where he obtained his Masters Degree. There he found his true interest was in the physical development of athletes and overtime Dave became the Head Strengthening and Conditioning Coach of Olympic Sports for the University.  Andrews eventually moved from Cincinnati and has had a continued stellar career as a winning Head Strength Coach for Pittsburgh and Iowa State football. 

Andrews believes in the importance of training the entire system and that neck training is an integral part of an athlete’s development. Preventative Sports Medicine is the hallmark of any strength and conditioning program and the goal of a professional is to develop effective and practical ways to reduce the number of sports-related injuries.

Dave Andrews Demonstrates his own Neck Development 

Dave Andrews Demonstrates his own Neck Development 

The following are important reasons to make neck training part of your program:

  • Protect the athlete
  • Attenuate and dissipate energy
  • Lower subconcussive forces
  • Enhance the ability to move the head quickly
  • Increase balance and athleticism
  • Increase blood flow to and from the brain
  • Enhance the ability to cool in heat-related conditions
  • Protect and strengthen the shoulder
  • Return to play safely
  • Reduce headaches
  • Increase overall strength
  • Do the right thing by training the entire system
Andrews Teaching Neck Training

Andrews Teaching Neck Training

To help lower sub concussive forces, protect the athlete returning to play, maximize performance and fitness, strength training of the neck must be inclusive when designing exercise programs.



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The Upper Back

Different hand and forearm positions alter the activity within the targeted musculature during a weight training movement that requires grasping. When strength training the upper back utilizing a rowing motion, how you grasp, wrist flexion, wrist extension, forearm pronation, forearm...

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