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I’ve written previously about the work of legendary strength coaches who emphasize prevention of traumatic brain injury through the systematic strengthening of the neck muscles of everyone who contemplates playing football. Anyone who has studied the science has to agree that this work — spearheaded by my old friend Kim Wood, who directed the strength and conditioning program of the Cincinnati Bengals through the period of their two Super Bowl appearances — has value.

I should add, from my perspective, that one of the obvious corollaries of this school of thought would seem to be that youngsters should not be playing tackle football until they have grown sufficiently to be able to develop such a strong neck base, which keeps their brains from richocheting against the walls of their skulls on every routine collision.

For information on the second annual Football Strength clinic in Cincinnati, June 22-23, see


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