Neck strength recovery after a single bout of specific strengthening exercise

Netto, Kevin, Carstairs, Greg, Kidgell, Dawson and Aisbett, Brad 2010, Neck strength recovery after a single bout of specific strengthening exercise, Physical therapy in sport, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 75-80.

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Title Neck strength recovery after a single bout of specific strengthening exercise
Author(s) Netto, Kevin
Carstairs, Greg
Kidgell, Dawson
Aisbett, Brad
Journal name Physical therapy in sport
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Start page 75
End page 80
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2010-08
ISSN 1466-853X
1873-1600
Keyword(s) neck injury
strength
rugby
Summary Objective : To determine the level of neck strength decrement and the rate of strength recovery of the neck muscles after a single bout of specific neck conditioning exercise in both males and females.

Hypothesis : A decrement in neck strength may be evident after a bout of strengthening exercise.

Design : Intervention study with pre-and-post design.

Setting : Biomechanics laboratory.

Participants : Twenty healthy participants (10 male and 10 female, mean ± standard deviation age 22 ± 1.2 years).

Main Outcome Measures : Participants performed a single bout of neck strengthening exercise. Neck strength testing using an isokinetic dynamometer was performed pre and at five time points (1 h, one, three, five and seven days) post-exercise to assess the level of neck strength decrement and neck strength recovery rate from pre-exercise levels.

Results : Statistically significant (p ≥ 0.036) decreases in neck extension strength were recorded in all participants 1 h and one day post-exercise. The level of neck extension strength returned to pre-exercise levels three days post-exercise and surpassed pre-exercise levels five and seven days post-exercise. The male participants' neck flexion strength decrement and recovery followed a similar pattern to that displayed in neck extension but more variability in neck flexion strength recovery rates were recorded in the female participants in this study.

Conclusion : The consistent strength recovery times for the male participants recorded in this study idealise the prescription of neck strengthening exercises in a periodised fashion. More investigation needs to be instigated for the female neck musculature as consistent strength recovery rates were not identified in this study.
Language eng
Field of Research 110601 Biomechanics
Socio Economic Objective 920505 Occupational Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Elsevier
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