Backwards Roll Progressions & Drills
2 Wedge mats
Pace two wedge mats side-by-side, then pull the thin ends away from each other to create a v shaped opening. Sit on the crack of the touching mats. Get your 'pizza hands' ready to roll, and when you roll your head will fall into the open area to avoid pressure on the neck.
B. Roll to Stand
Practice a backwards roll and push through your hands to land standing on your feet.
Lay a panel mat long ways and try a backwards roll with your head hanging off the end of the panel. Be sure to push through your hands.
Take It To The Floor
Try a backwards roll on the floor. Be sure to push with your hands in order to get your body to roll over without crunching your neck.