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HARD DECISIONS

HARD DECISIONS

Life has many turning points. Each turning point involves a choice. While they may be difficult choosing, can be a catalyst for personal growth.

describe the imageRalph Cornwell is a PhD. in health promotion/human performance at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Prior to pursuing his Doctoral Degree he was a collegiate strength coach.

He has developed a protocol for strength training the musculature that protects the cervical spine.

There is no doubt there is a tremendous amount of pressure to win in athletics. People want to be associated with a winner. Alumni, students attending school or fans want their team to be successful.

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If the coach does not win his job is at risk. Obviously, coaches are concerned with performance. With pressure, a coach may make an uncharacteristic decision.

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I know it may be difficult in such a competitive environment, but decisions must be based on what is best for the athletes who play the game. First and foremost, a coach must be an advocate for the athletes off the field and insure they are physically prepared for competition on the field.

As a young strength coach I came to a crossroad in my career. We like every other staff and team had pressure to win. In the off-season the head football coach examined all aspects of the entire program and looked for ways to improve performance.

The coaches choice for performance enhancement was surprising. I was told to remove the training for the head and neck region of all athletes on the football team and substitute the neck exercises with movements that he felt improved athleticism. He felt that the head and neck training was unneeded and I was to begin to do things that benefited performance.

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My staff and I had a meeting that same day and I explained the situation. We voted as a staff to continue training the athletes  musculature of the cervical spine.  This was vital to their health and safety on the field.

The coach was angry that I did not heed his wishes. I was given an ultimatum. Stop training the head and neck region of the athletes or face termination. I had a muti-year contract that paid well. I was blessed with a great staff to work with.  How could I leave such a great situation?sniip1

I went home that night and discussed this decision I had to make with my wife. She simply said, “Do what you know is right”.

I resigned the next morning after informing my staff about my decision. Over the next few weeks my entire staff also resigned.

This incident has turned into a positive and a career change. It has led me into extensive study in the methodology of training the musculature that protects the cervical spine and brain. I, over the next several years will be able to share nationally my findings: which will include not only protection of the athlete through head and neck training, but…. and I must add Increased Athletic Performance. I now have my doctoral degree and research the Head and Neck. Do the right thing PROTECT YOUR ATHLETES. Follow my research @ concussionpreventionprotocol.com

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Head and Neck Isolator – The Vantage Research Team

The Vantage Research Team Utilizes  the Head and Neck Isolator Machine.

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Get The Knowledge To Prepare YOUR Athletes for Competition

Get The Knowledge To Prepare YOUR Athletes for Competition

Head & Neck Training Specialist Certification

Head & Neck Training Specialist Certification

Preparing and Protecting Your Athletes During Competition

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Strengthening the head, neck and surrounding cervical structures is the ONLY organic contingency within our control to prepare individuals to withstand potentially injurious forces.

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The most important goal of the strength and conditioning professional is to PRUDENTLY PREPARE the individuals for the rigors of the task. As such, given the catastrophic consequences of a cervical spine and traumatic brain injury, the strengthening of the head, neck and surrounding muscular structures of the cervical spine MUST be considered PRIORITY ONE in the prescription and design of exercise routines. ONE Day Concussion Reduction Methodology Seminar – Learn the skills and knowledge to prepare and protect your athletes from concussive and sub concussive forces. Evidence based, proactive, hands-on instruction taught by experienced professionals and expert practitioners. NSCA Approved CEU’s.

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Mark Asanovich, M.A.                                                             Dr. Ralph Cornwell, Jr

Date: Friday, April 10th, 2015   Doors Open at 8am. Summit Begins 8:30am

Where: Minnetonka High School:

Presentations will be in the The Forum

Demonstrations will be in the Pagel Center Weight Room (on the Minnetonka High School Campus)

Every coach says, “they care about the health of their athletes”. Here is your chance to prove it while improving your skills as a coach.

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Become a Certified as a Head and Neck Training Specialist!

For more information visit us at http://www.concussionpreventionprotocol.com

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Sometimes It Takes A Village

Sometimes It Takes A Village

I use this old Nigerian Proverb to illustrate what it takes to educate, enlighten and make a real difference in a young person’s life. Minnetonka High School located in beautiful Minnesota is special in it’s own right. Now you add the Vantage Program and well I was simply amazed at what they are able to accomplish in a high school setting.

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  Under the direction of Chris Pears, the Vantage Program is thriving!

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WHAT IS VANTAGE?
VANTAGE, Minnetonka’s Advanced Professional Studies program, is a dynamic collaboration between Minnetonka High School and the professional community. For students who want to gain a deep understanding of and actively participate in a high-demand profession, VANTAGE offers an inspiring, hands-on program, combining rigorous coursework with dynamic project-based learning in a collaborative professional environment.
Project II is being conducted and administered by the Vantage Program.  Under the direct supervision of Legendary Strength Coach Mark Asanovich.
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The Vantage students are attempting to reproduce or possibly exceed the research of Project Neck 1, conducted by concussion researcher Dr. Ralph Cornwell, Jr. The New research study is being conducted in the name of concussion reduction,protection from spinal cord injuries and allowing athletes to compete safely through the proper preparation of the head, neck and upper back regions of human body.
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The CONCUSSION SUMMIT will be held at the Forum, located on the Minnetonka Campus. At the Summit, the Vantage Research Team will present their finding to the world during The CONCUSSION SUMMIT. There will be an opportunity to become a CERTIFIED  Head and Neck Training Specialist issued through the HEAD, NECK And SPINE INSTITUTE.
If you are interested in attending or becoming certified please register by going to this website
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How does a Village factor into the equation of Vantage, Project Neck II Research Study and Education in general ?
It starts with the Chief-Dr. Dennis Peterson, continues with The Director- Chris Pears along with the very talented  group of Vantage Educators, then the supervisor of research Mark Asanovich and finally a consultant, Dr. Ralph Cornwell, Jr., observing from the mountains of Blacksburg, Virginia.
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                                                 That is a formidable Village of Educators indeed!