There is a disturbing trend within the nation in the fitness industry and CrossFit community. There are a growing number of neck injuries, strains, and pain. People keep asking, “How do I fix my neck pain?” My answer is, “Don’t even get neck pain.” There is a direct correlation between poor form and posture and increased injury rates. So, follow along below to fix your issues before they become a serious problem.
This being said if you have a neck injury go see an appropriate professional. I’m a NSCA CSCS, CrossFit Certified Trainer, MovNat Certification Team Instructor, FMS Level 1 and 2 certified, and several other certifications, but I have no business telling you how to fix medical or orthopedic injuries. If your trainer thinks they know how to heal your injury, I’d be wary and seek the appropriate help.
There are four major offending positions present in the community that directly contribute to neck pain that you need to avoid:
Neck Offense #1: Pull Up Chin Reach
Neck Offense #2: Deadlifting Gaze
Neck Offense #3: Head Through “the Window”
Neck Offense #4: Bad Posture