As the NFL considers new regulations to monitor its players’ brain injuries and mental health, recent events suggest that NASCAR might want to follow suit.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., arguably the most popular NASCAR racer in the world, might have to sit out the rest of the season after coming forward about concussions sustained during races. One occurred at a tire test in Kansas in late August; the second occurred during a 25-car crash at a Talladega track on Oct. 7.
Consequences for Admitting Injuries
Earnhardt admitted that he was not 100 percent when he entered the Talladega race. He says he had persistent headaches that would not go away. He says that the second crash probably made his earlier injury even worse. He sought medical attention, and a neurosurgeon did not clear him to race in his next two scheduled events. He may have to sit out the rest of the season if his headaches do not fade.
His colleagues commended him for coming forward about an issue that many drivers might have kept to themselves. Racer Jeff Gordon admitted that he would not say anything if he was feeling constant head pains because it could mean forfeiting a championship.
Now, industry officials suspect that NASCAR regulators might consider new measures to address these health concerns, but in order to do so, athletes must be honest about their injuries.
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