DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR will probably require base concussion checks for many drivers in 2014.
Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's older person vice leader of speed operations, stated officials also have urged staff to have a strong ImPACT examination in advance of the following season.
''We've prompted these people most to obtain that, with all the emphasis that around 2014 this almost very likely might be mandated for those of them,'' O'Donnell said Thursday during Daytona International Speedway. ''We're from the means of undertaking which right now. We're schooling these with just what exactly it is, precisely how them works, plus we could visit along with of which for your 2014 preseason.''
The test is required by many professional sporting activities leagues, including the NFL, to be able to assess concussions as well as determine when an injured athlete can certainly correctly give back that will play. The ImPACT test offers converted the particular manner concussions will be maintained by means of offering some sort of touchable calculate connected with what's taking inside the brain. It's a new computer-based group of fast-paced quizzes involving words, photographs as well as colors. Scores magnify just how easily plus correctly the actual queries will be answered.
Four-time Cup champ Jeff Gordon voluntarily needed test along with states most staff need to finish one regardless of whether it's not mandatory.
''Why definitely not just obtain prior to the game?'' Gordon said. ''Plus, I prefer possess that previous to the season starts, prior to a potential of getting a head injury, to secure a baseline.''
Dale Earnhardt Jr. have missed two races last season in the Chase for any Sprint Cup tournament which has a concussion. Earnhardt was tested away continue season by means of Dr. Micky Collins, your specialized medical as well as exec overseer from the Sports Medicine Concussion Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Collins is actually among the list of contributing professionals inside diagnosis, medication as well as rehabilitation involving sports athletes that have suffered concussions. He helped using formulated that ImPACT test with Dr. Mark Lovell.
''The check is admittedly simple and quite straightforward,'' Earnhardt said.
Gordon stated Earnhardt's injuries appeared to be the actual deciding factor in having tested.
''I failed to also really know what a strong ImPACT examination was previous to that,'' he said.