My husband is a competitive cyclist, with a typical cyclist build - long, lean, & not muscular except for his legs. Yesterday on his mountain bike in the woods he went over the handlebars & smashed his head & face into some rocks. His helmet saved his life. Now he has a concussion & severe whiplash.
I’ve only been really lifting for a couple months, but it seems to me that if he had more muscle on his neck and shoulders he would have more protection in a situation like this. Am I correct? If so, what exercises should be be doing? Seeing him in the hospital strapped to that board scared the hell out of me - I don’t ever want to do that again.
I suspect that maintaining good flexability is important too for protecting the neck. I am not sure how much the wrestler’s bridge stretches the neck, but you might consider adding in neck stretches to his usual stretching routine which is presumably frequent given he is an athelete.
There are straps/helmets that one can put on and hang a weight from to use for lifts with the neck. One could also use isometric exercises on the neck (e.g. pushing one’s head back with one’s hand but resisting it with the neck muscles).