This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions sport-related concussion, brain concussion, healthy
Treatment neck strengthening
Sponsor University of Michigan
Start date May 2015
End date June 2016
Trial size 60 participants
Trial identifier NCT02455037, HUM00087641


Evaluation of a neck strengthening program as a potential intervention to reduce the risk of sport-related concussion in youth contact and collision sport athletes.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
(No Intervention)
All participants will complete a general resistance exercise training program.
Participants assigned to the neck strengthening group will complete additional supervised exercises specifically designed to strengthen the neck.
neck strengthening
Targeted neck strengthening exercises

Primary Outcomes

Head linear velocity
time frame: Change from baseline to end of 8 week intervention.
Head angular velocity
time frame: Change from baseline to end of 8 week intervention.

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 12 years up to 19 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Contact/collision sport athletes (for example, american football, soccer, rugby, lacrosse, ice hockey, field hockey, basketball, wrestling, boxing, martial arts, water polo) Exclusion Criteria: - History of concussion (suspected or diagnosed) in the previous 6 months - History of neck pain or injury in the previous 6 months - History of migraine headaches - History of personal or parental history of a diagnosed anxiety disorder

Additional Information

Official title Evaluation of a Neck Strengthening Program as a Potential Intervention to Reduce the Risk of Sport-related Concussion
Principal investigator James T Eckner, MD, MS
Description This is a pilot study to investigate the effect of a supervised 8 week strengthening intervention in male and female youth contact and collision sport athletes. Participants will complete a supervised strengthening exercise intervention involving manual resistance exercises administered by a strength coach with pre- and post-intervention assessments of neck size and strength.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in March 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Michigan.