The "right" neck position?
This is a hot topic, and I can appreciate both sides of the argument. Here is my take and what worked well for me and my clients. (I'm not saying that I'm right, but somehow I am.)
Maintaining a "neutral" spine during a deadlift is of paramount importance. It is the first commandment of the deadlift. Neutral means in this sense "to maintain the natural lordosis (lower lumbar spine) and kyphotic curvature of the lumbar spine."
Trainers hyperventilate in a paper bag when they see an athlete during a deadlift around the back. Okay, why do not we keep the same standard on the cervical spine or neck? Does not the neck belong to the spine?
I prefer it when people take a chin or "packed" neck position:
A chin position strengthens the neutral spine to which the neck belongs. I understand the other side of the argument. There are many examples of people stretching their heads backwards during a deadlift (ie, an unkempt neck), and they were fine.
But in the early stages I like a tight neck. If someone becomes more competent with the movement, they will be given more leeway. What happens frequently in a maximum effort attempt ̵
How can I determine the right neck position? I want the lifters to stare at a target 10-15 feet in front of them on the ground. This helps with a better neck position and actually increases the tension of the body. Win win.
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