Neck-packing has received much attention lately in physical therapy and strength coaching circles, as has the notion of joint centration. How does the evidence for neck-packing stack up? How can we determine optimal joint-centration? How stable is the core during real-world exercise? What limits the deadlift? And what’s the best neck position for grip strength?
In episode 7 of The Strength of Evidence Podcast, Jon and Bret tackle these questions and demonstrate how they go about forming an evidence-based opinion on the topic of neck packing.
What do you think? After listening to the podcast and weighing the evidence, should we pack the neck, just keep it in neutral, or ignore the head and neck altogether and let the chips fall where they may? Join us in the discussion by giving us a “like” on our Facebook page!
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Links to the Articles and Topics Discussed in the Podcast
4 Weightlifting Myths Destroyed – TNation article by Todd Bumgardner
Packing in the neck – Blogpost by Charlie Weingroff
Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials – Absence of Evidence does not imply Evidence of Absence
Lamar Gant Deadlift:
Konstantin Konstantinovs Deadlift:
Phylogenetics – what does that even mean?
Articles Pertaining to Head-Neck Position & Strength
Effect of head-neck position on arm lifting strength
Articles Pertaining to Core Stability and Lumbar ROM
The lumbar and sacrum movement pattern the back squat exercise
Comparison of different strongman events – trunk muscle activation and lumbar spine motion, load, and stiffness
Comparison of different rowing exercises – trunk muscle activation and lumbar spine motion, load, and stiffness
Lumbar posterior ligament involvement during extremely heavy lifts estimated from fluoroscopic measurements (We didn’t specifically mention this paper but this is the article that shows that powerlifters flex their spines but not to end range during the dl)
A Quote from a Sports Science Legend
Mel Siff quote on wearing belts (last paragraph)