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Why Use a Football Neck Roll?

author image Colin Linneweber
Based in Boston, Colin Linneweber has been compensated to write for various publications since he was 15. He is presently employed as a copywriter and sports journalist. Linneweber’s sports articles are consistently linked to the boxing section of CBSsports.com and have been featured on ESPN.com. He received his Bachelor of Arts in communication from Monmouth University in 2003.
Why Use a Football Neck Roll?
Football is the most popular sport in America. Photo Credit Ryan McVay/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Football is widely considered the most popular sport in the United States. Much of football's intrigue stems from its violent and brutal nature. Football is essentially a series of sustained collisions on the gridiron. Therefore, injuries are commonplace in the sport. Your neck and upper spine are particularly susceptible to injury. The football neck roll can help protect these vital parts of your body.

Football Neck Roll

Why Use a Football Neck Roll?
A football neck roll is a thick foam roll that provides neck and spinal support. Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images

A football neck roll is a thick piece of padded foam, comprised of vinyl or nylon, which is intended to fit around the back of the shoulder pads along the jersey's neckline. The equipment is designed to be attached to shoulder pads with straps. The football neck roll provides an extra layer of protection that can stabilize your neck and head and reduce the chances of sustaining an injury during impact on the field.

How to Wear

Why Use a Football Neck Roll?
A neck roll is worn on the neckline of your pads. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images

An ideal neck roll should be a light, yet durable, piece of equipment. The neck roll should be fastened tightly to ensure maximum safety. However, despite the need for a clenched fit, the neck roll should still be adjusted in a fashion that allows your neck to breathe comfortably. It is imperative you monitor the neck roll amid play to assure it hasn't fallen out of its proper alignment.

Football Injures

Why Use a Football Neck Roll?
Whiplash is one injury that a neck roll can help prevent. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Neck rolls are especially designed to prevent injuries like stingers and whiplash. The website for the Orthopedic Associates of Hartford PC reports a stinger is an extremely painful injury that affects nerves traveling throughout the spinal cord, arms and neck. Defensive players most commonly suffer the wound when tackling an opponent on the other side of the ball. Depending on the severity, the pain from a stinger will vary. A moderate stinger can subside in 15 minutes or less. Unfortunately a more severe stinger can linger and become a recurring ailment.

Where to Buy

Why Use a Football Neck Roll?
Neck rolls are cheap and can be bought at most athletic stores. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Neck Rolls can be purchased in most sporting good stores and generally range in price from $10 to $100. Sportsdepot.com raves about the McDavid Cowboy Collar, considered by some to be the foremost neck roll available on the market today, and lauded because it helps to lessen shock around all sides of a helmet. Conversely, a standard neck roll strictly protects the bottom of a helmet. Sportsdepot.com is currently offering the McDavid Cowboy Collar for $50.99 as of February, 2011.

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