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  1. #1
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    Neck Strains/Injuries Resulting from Sit-Ups

    It seems that my neck is constantly tight and sore from following FBI PFT sit-up protocol with fingers interlocked behind head during sit-ups. Once every month or two I will wake up the next morning with a very stiff neck to the point where it makes it difficult to look to change lanes on the freeway. Generally, this occurs after several days of workouts involving protocol sit-ups. I am working on keeping my elbows pointed out towards my left and right during sit-ups but have developed the bad habit of my elbows pointing towards my knees which seems to cause a more pulling effect on my head/neck. Any advice and similiar issues or resolutions would be appreciated. Thanks!

  2. #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by FinalCountdown View Post
    It seems that my neck is constantly tight and sore from following FBI PFT sit-up protocol with fingers interlocked behind head during sit-ups. Once every month or two I will wake up the next morning with a very stiff neck to the point where it makes it difficult to look to change lanes on the freeway. Generally, this occurs after several days of workouts involving protocol sit-ups. I am working on keeping my elbows pointed out towards my left and right during sit-ups but have developed the bad habit of my elbows pointing towards my knees which seems to cause a more pulling effect on my head/neck. Any advice and similiar issues or resolutions would be appreciated. Thanks!
    The only things I can think of are as follows:
    1) Do you sleep on your back or stomach?
    2) Are you doing upper and lower back exercises?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrGlock View Post
    The only things I can think of are as follows:
    1) Do you sleep on your back or stomach?
    2) Are you doing upper and lower back exercises?
    I tend to start off sleeping on my back, wake up on my stomach. I do scissor kicks for lower back and pull-ups for upper back.

  4. #4
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    Try sitting up cupping your ears vs. hands behind your nek. Sounds like your inadvertently pulling on your neck forcing out reps. I had the same issue and trained as above. Tested as per protocols when it counted.
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  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by FinalCountdown View Post
    I tend to start off sleeping on my back, wake up on my stomach. I do scissor kicks for lower back and pull-ups for upper back.
    I've had some neck/lower back issues in the past. They mainly seemed to stem from sleeping on my stomach and muscle imbalances from developing chest/abs moreso than lower/upper back.

    Not sure if that's helpful to you or not.

  6. #6
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    Thanks dmclark and DrGlock. I have been doing protocol sit-ups, focusing on placing very little tension between my open palms and back of head. Once I hit the point where the sit-ups become more difficult and I notice the tension on my head from my hands to increase, I switch to cupping my ears to finish out the set.

  7. #7
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    Wrestlers bridges and planks can really help you here.


 

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