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The Ralph Cornwell Files

Good Solid Questions For The Coaching Profession

Ralph Cornwell is a Ph.D. candidate in health promotion/human performance at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Prior to pursuing his Doctoral Degree he was a collegiate strength coach.

1). Why do the majority of schools in the United States do little if any neck strength training?

2). Why do the majority of the schools who train their athletes necks use manual resistance, that is, train this area of the body with their hands?

Neck Exercise

3). Is it important to move the head quickly in athletics?

4). Why is it important for coaches ‘not to train the neck‘ to improve athletic performance?

5). Does having a smaller neck improve athletic performance?

6). Is strengthening the musculature that surrounds the cervical spine important?

Neck Machine workout

7). If an athlete injures their neck do they use weight training to return to activity?

8). If an athlete injures their neck what strength level is necessary to return to play and how do you know what level to bring their strength to?


A Pulling Machine

A tremendously popular exercise to train the latissimus dorsi and associated muscles is the pulldown movement. Coaches, athletes, trainers and gym enthusiasts all use a variety of grips to target areas of the back that they want or need to...

Manual Training Has Rules

In 1979 Manual Resistance was introduced at the National  Strength and Conditioning Convention. Weight training’s ability to enhance athletic performance had become accepted and coaches were beginning to be hired by major sports programs. Facilities everywhere were extremely limited or...

Powerful Hands

The hand is a complex anatomical system. This appendage is composed of twenty seven bones and fifteen joints. Having 30 degrees of rotational and translational freedom it’s able to grasp and apply force to objects of multivarious shapes and sizes....