The Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII with one of the NFL's most loaded rosters.
But what good is talent if players can't stay on the field or quickly recover from injuries?
Ravens strength coach Bob Rogucki delivered a reminder of that last week when speaking at the third-annual Football Strength Clinic in Cincinnati. The event focused on ways in which neck strength for male and female athletes who play high school, college or pro sports can be developed in an effort to reduce concussion risk.
While not as publicized as other NFL anti-concussion measures, there is scientific research that shows a muscular neck likely defuses the potentially damaging forces sometimes generated when a player is hit in the head. The larger the "cylinder," the better the chance that the neck will serve as a shock-absorber to lessen stress placed on the skull.
Exactly how much Rogucki's weight-lifting program helped players last season can't be scientifically quantified. It's safe to say, though...