And today, at places like Michigan State and Ohio State, strength staffs have heard Wood's message and are implementing the lesson of "protecting the players from serious injury." Michigan State's Strength Coach, Ken Mannie, has an unprecedented 8 state-of-the-art 5-way Pendulum neck machines for targeting the neck region, Eastern Michigan University is recording data with the neck training that they are conducting and are examining the correlation of head and neck training and reduction of concussion occurrence.
Ohio State's Assistant AD for Football Sports Performance, Mickey Marotti is also a leader in the strength training field and he has his strength staff on board with an "all in" mentality. They're using many direct and indirect methods to build head and neck strength..... just as Coach Kim Wood paved the way with his training of NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz and the Cincinnati Bengals!
Today's video is really a coaching clinic on direct training of the neck.... both manually and with a machine. ASAP~Athletic Strength And Power ventured up Interstate 71 Northbound to Columbus, Ohio for this one. The Ohio State University and the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The video is conducted with Jeff Uhlenhake, a former 1st Team All-America offensive lineman from Newark (Ohio) Catholic High School and of course, Ohio State University. He played 10 years in the National Football League (NFL) with Miami, New Orleans and Washington. Nowadays, due to Jeff's extensive playing and coaching resume, he's become an integral part of the strength staff for the Buckeyes. Assisting in the video is OSU Strength Intern Nick Savage, who also appeared in a previous ASAP Video. Also, click here or the Ohio State Strength logo below for the details on their upcoming Ohio State Football Strength and Conditioning Clinic.
ASAP Video and Blogpost by Ed Cicale
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