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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181770dbb
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Selected Exercises for Strengthening the Cervical Spine in Adolescent Rugby Participants

Frounfelter, Greg DPT, CSCS

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Abstract

RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL IS A SPORT THAT IS EXPERIENCING AN INCREASED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL AGED LEVEL. THE GAME IS UNIQUE IN THAT IT COMBINES ELEMENTS OF STRENGTH, POWER, SPEED, AGILITY, AND ENDURANCE INTO A GAME OF CONTACT AND COLLISION WITH MINIMAL USE OF PROTECTIVE PADDING. THIS CONTACT CAN PRECIPITATE CERTAIN INJURIES THAT COULD CUT A PLAYER'S CAREER SHORT. OVERALL, THE INJURY RATE FOR RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL IS NO HIGHER THAT THOSE FOR AMERICAN FOOTBALL, SOCCER, OR BASKETBALL. THIS ARTICLE WILL DISCUSS EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN THE CERVICAL SPINE MUSCULATURE TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY AND AID PERFORMANCE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL AGED RUGBY PLAYING ATHLETE.

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