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Fixed Versus Mobile

Part of activating muscle is having it.

AwardThe Pashby Sports Safety Award is an award presented in Canada to recognize and honor people who play sports and recreational activities safer from catastrophic injuries, which typically involve the eyes, spine or brain.  Dr. Karen Johnston MD, PHD was given the Safety Award for her outstanding work to prevent injuries, most specifically concussions.

She is also Director of the Concussion Program at the McGill Sports Medicine Clinic.

Dr. Karen Johnston says that, “The force required to concuss a fixed head is almost twice that required to concuss a mobile head”.

Mouthguard companies understand that by activating head and neck muscles at the time of impact rotation will be decreased, which will lead to less harmful movement of the brain inside the skull.

By being able to clench down hard on a mouthguard activates the head and neck muscles and stabilizes the head.

Measuring the neckRalph Cornwell is taking this one step further, building bigger stronger cylinders by developing the musculature around the head, neck and thoracic spine. The developed muscles dissipate more force and ‘clenching’ on the mouthguard with a stronger head, neck and jaw augments the value of dissipation by stabilizing movement.  This further reduces the sub concussive forces involved in causing a concussion.

A Virginia Tech doctoral candidate Ralph Cornwell, is doing research at Elon University in North Carolina.

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He is not only building necks, but a mathematical model of force dissipation.

Build head, neck and trap muscle to dissipate force and fix the head to lower concussive forces and Get Strong.



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