Got a chance to hear Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz from U.N.C. speak on the topic of New Research in Athletic Brain Injury. Doing some really cool research. Placed software in football helmets and receiving real time data about the forces coming through the head during contact in games. In some instances it was 150G's! Also troubling was the highest forces were delivered through the top of the head.
Dr. Guskiewicz further validated exercise testing as a diagnostic tool in return to play decisions. It will be positive he says, long after cognitive testing is normal.
My particular protocol is a series of short sprints with very short rest periods; a 5m rest, then a series of longer sprints with short rest periods.
He also spoke of the importance of the cervical muscles in dissipating forces through the helmet. Which brings up a good topic- is there such a thing as a good neck strengthening exercise? Or, is it something that can only be developed by controlled & progressive contact?