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Neck Muscle Strength Measured During Vigorous Head Shaking

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James R. Funk, Richard A. Watson, Joseph M. Cormier, Charles E. Bain, Herb Guzman, Enrique Bonugli

Biodynamic Research Corporation, San Antonio, TX

Paper No. SBC2011-53193, pp. 271-272; 2 pages
  • ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Farmington, Pennsylvania, USA, June 22–25, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5458-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Neck muscle activation is believed to generally protect against whiplash and head injury in automotive impacts and sports activities. When the torso is struck, active tensing of the neck muscles may prevent the neck from rotating excessively due to the inertia of the head. In this scenario, neck muscle tension may also reduce the severity of a secondary head impact occurring after the primary impact with the body. In a direct impact to the head, it has been hypothesized that active neck muscle tension may reduce the acceleration experienced by the head by increasing its effective mass.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Muscle



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