As an upper cervical specialist who has trained some of Canada’s elite athletes, Dr. Jason Moore understands the importance of protecting the central nervous system and upper cervical complex (located at the top of your neck) during football impact. Dr. Moore recognizes the “Hulk Up” technique combines the body’s natural protective reflex mechanism or “flinch reaction” with stabilization of the helmet tightly into the shoulder pads. Utilizing this combination transfers the impact blow through the helmet, into the shoulder pads and has the potential to greatly reduce the risk of severe injury to the central nervous system and upper cervical complex. The structure of the body, especially the upper cervical spine and its relationship to whole body function, can be impacted by the physical nature of accidents and injuries both on and off the field. Dr. Donald Chu PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS – Sports Medicine Specialist
Donald Chu is the Past President of the California State Board of Physical Therapy, Currently Consultant to the Oakland Raiders. Dr. Donald Chu has consulted with elite athletes at every level of competition including youth, high school, collegiate, professional (NFL, NBA, MLB) and Olympic medal winners. Dr. Chu supports the “Hulk Up” concept of making contact in the sport of football safer and recognizes the technique is simple and yet very important in the overall safety of the athlete.
Pete Noble – Former Head Football Coach of a Catastrophically Injured Player
As a Head Football Coach, Pete Noble has personally experienced the tragedy of having a player suffer a catastrophic head/neck injury. Coach Noble’s forty-two year coaching career spans youth football to the community college level and includes 12 League Championships and 2 Sectional Titles. In addition, Coach Noble is National Clinic Speaker, Author and as a recognized expert in coaching linemen understands the potential the “Hulk Up” technique has to reduce injuries especially the sub-concussive impacts that occur immediately at the line of scrimmage. Gino Benetti – Athlete Performance Specialist
As an athlete performance specialist Gino Benetti has trained football players from youth through the NFL. In addition, Gino as a defensive line consultant has been a key contributor to the development of the “Hulk Up” technique. Gino Benetti currently teaches the “Hulk Up” technique to youth and high school football players in his program, immediately players feel safer and realize the potential to utilize the “Hulk Up” technique during all impact situations.
Dennis Sipsy – Youth Coach
Dennis Sipsy is a former college lineman and has coached at all levels of youth football including as early as age 6. As a parent of youth players and high school players, he has shared your concerns for the health and well being of young athletes. Because 75% of youth players never play in high school, Dennis knows safety through good technique is paramount and believes a safer, more positive experience in youth football will encourage more kids with the support of their parents to continue playing. From firsthand experience teaching the “Hulk Up” technique, Coach Sipsy advocates that the “Hulk Up” technique is a significant step in the right direction.
Kevin Marr MS, ATC, PTA, CSCS – Athletic Trainer
Kevin Marr has been an athletic trainer for over 25 years. In that time, he has seen and assisted with the broad spectrum of athletic injuries; including head and neck injuries as a result of high impact collisions from football. This past season Kevin Marr observed the potential of the “Hulk Up” technique when after an 11 game season there were no head or neck impact injuries observed, diagnosed or reported by the players. Like all trainers, he is focused not only on the treatment of injured athletes, but on the reduction or elimination of injuries through safe practices and improved methodology.
Mary Seller RN, MSN
Mary Seller is a mother of 2 two former high school football and lacrosse players. As a medical professional, Mary recognizes the potential of the “Hulk Up” technique in making football safer. and Her primary concern is that every football player be provided the safest equipment combined with a knowledgeable coach who puts player safety above all else.
Will and Teresa Schumann – Youth Parents
The Schumanns, Will and Teresa are parents of a third year youth football player who was first introduced to the “Hulk Up” technique this season. The Schumanns acknowledged their son felt much safer during contact and tackling. Will is a former high school football player and, like all parents, the Schumanns put safe and positive learning experience as a high priority regardless of the sport.
Matt Hammack – High School Coach
Matt Hammack’s coaching career started football as a Graduate Assistant at Oregon St. for Coach Craig Fertig ’77 and SMU for Coach Ron Meyer ‘78. Coach Hammack’s has coached at every level of high school football, he recognizes the importance of safe repetitive teaching level by level involving the same terminology and technique throughout a player’s high school career is critical to ensure a safer playing experience, noting the “Hulk Up” technique merits consideration by all high school coaches.