The Iron Neck is a fantastic machine for building up the muscles in the neck.
Used for football, grappling, MMA and rehab-specialists, in can help to improve performance, prevent injury and accelerate recovery from specific injuries.
As a (very poor) grappler and an office worker, my neck has mobility and postural issues and I’ll give anything a try to prevent the headaches that I get.
I currently use an infrared lamp and magnesium spray, with specific stretches – which does help a lot.
Below is a clip from the Joe Rogan Experience, with Jean Jacques Machado touting the benefits of the Iron Neck(1 hour 16 mins in – Joe Rogan – “For Jiu Jitsu guys, it’s a must”
And here’s another clip of Joe Rogan & Chris Bell discussing the Iron Neck
Benefits of the Iron Neck:
- Builds neck-strength in every possible position
- Improves mobility/range of motion
- Reduces risk of concussion
Academic Research – Neck Strength & KO Resistance
More and more research is showing that neck strength is related to an athletes likelihood of suffering a concussion. This paper theorises that a stronger neck may prevent knock outs, by decreasing the ‘rapid acceleration’ caused by a blow to the head.
Another study in the Journal of Primary Prevention, found that having a stronger neck, reduced the risk of concussion in high school athletes.