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dc.contributor.authorHamlin, Michael J.en
dc.contributor.authorDeuchrass, R.en
dc.contributor.authorElliot, Catherineen
dc.contributor.authorRaj, T.en
dc.contributor.authorPromkeaw, D.en
dc.contributor.authorPhonthee, S.en
dc.contributor.editorMuller, D. F.en
dc.contributor.editorTsolakidis, E.en
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-13T23:58:58Z
dc.date.issued2020-10-28en
dc.identifier.isbn9783981841435en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/13154
dc.description.abstractINTRODUCTION: Neck strengthening for players in impact sports like rugby is receiving greater attention lately due to postulated associations with head and neck injury and concussion, and while research is available on the effectiveness of neck strengthening interventions in professional rugby players, the same research has not been conducted on amateurs who make up the majority of rugby players. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a 6-week neck strengthening intervention on a group of male amateur rugby union players. METHODS: In a randomised controlled trial, 39 male rugby union players (aged 20.1 ± 2.0 yr, mean ± SD), worked with their trainer to practice neck-specific strengthening exercises 3 times per week for 6 weeks (strength group, n = 22) or performed no additional neck strengthening exercises (control group, n =17). The neck strength training followed a progressive workload model with the load calculated using the resistance training specific rating of perceived exertion where players adjusted the load lifted according to a 10-point Likert scale. Isometric maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) was measured pre and post the intervention in a seated upright position in 4 different directions (flexion, extension, left and right lateral flexion) via a load cell attached to a head harness. RESULTS: Compared to the control group the strength group improved neck strength in all directions except flexion (flexion 7.1 ± 13.0 kg, mean ± SD, 75/18/7%, chances of positive/trivial/negative increase in strength, effect size (ES) = 0.57; extension 13.5 ± 14.6 kg, 92/7/1%, ES = 0.81; left lateral flexion 13.5 ± 11.3 kg, 97/3/0%, ES = 1.21; right lateral flexion 13.8 ± 14.9 kg, 92/7/1%, ES = 0.90. Players undertaking neck strength training improved regardless of whether they were forwards or backs with no clinically relevant difference between the player groups (forwards versus backs). CONCLUSION: Our results indicate that a simple 6-week neck strengthening program improves isometric MVC strength in male amateur rugby union players.en
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dc.relationThe original publication is available from - http://www.ecss-congress.eu/2020/20/index.phpen
dc.source25th ECSS Anniversary Congressen
dc.titleEffect of a 6-week exercise intervention for improved neck muscle strength in amateur male rugby union playersen
dc.typeConference Contribution - Published
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Environment, Society and Designen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Tourism, Sport and Societyen
pubs.finish-date2020-10-30en
pubs.notesposter abstract available at http://www.ecss-congress.eu/2020/20/index.php/programme/search-engine Session Electronic poster EP-UD01en
pubs.organisational-group/LU
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Environment, Society and Design
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Environment, Society and Design/DTSS
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office/PE20
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office/QE18
pubs.publication-statusPublished onlineen
pubs.publisher-urlhttp://www.ecss-congress.eu/2020/20/index.phpen
pubs.start-date2020-10-28en
lu.identifier.orcid0000-0001-7941-8554
lu.identifier.orcid0000-0001-5594-4699
lu.subtypeConference Abstracten


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