Dr. Patrick Kerr wants to save football’s neck. The Manhattan chiropractor designed a protective collar to insert between a player’s shoulder pads and jersey to reduce the force of blows endured during games and practices. The device rises to support the neck and head as a player prepares to make a tackle. The aim is to control neck movement, which could prevent a common injury called a stinger, a nerve condition that can vary in severity. “The neck is completely overlooked in football,” he said.
Dr. Patrick Kerr
- Born in Northern Ireland
- Marist College, associate’s degree in health science and B.A. in communications; Life University, doctor of chiropractic
- Kerr played linebacker at Marist from 1986 to 1989.
- Kerr Sports is on target to sell 4,000 collars in 2015, or $370,000 in sales, more than double 2014’s number.
- In a 2014 study of 304 football players at the high-school, college and pro levels, half reported having experienced a stinger
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