Starting in 2014, NASCAR will be implementing mandatory Baseline testing for any driver involved in a crash to determine whether or not a concussion was sustained. My first reaction to this policy was that it is long overdue and definitely appropriate for a sport that requires such stamina and precision on the part of the drivers to make it safe. Concussions can affect vision, focus and other motor skills crucial to driving. Many doctors do not even let patients with concussions drive to the corner store therefore why should drivers going 200 miles per hour be allowed to even take a chance if a concussion is suspected?
In fact, many people around the sport are applauding the policy including one of the tour’s most recognizable figures, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has suffered concussions caused from car crashes in the past. Unfortunately Brad Keselowski is not one of the people supporting the policy and he has even gone on the record bashing it.
Keselowski’s response to the policy was “Doctors don’t understand our spory. Doctors aren’t risk-takers. We are. That’s what makes our sport what it is and when you get doctors involved, it waters down our sport.” While I believe everyone is entitled to their opinion, I think this statement is irresponsible and is coming from someone who is completely blind to the dangers of concussions. The last thing NASCAR needs is another fatal crash and if they were to allow concussed racers to drive the risk of that happening again would certainly grow. Keselowski is coming off as stubborn and stupid. He shouldn’t worry about doctors getting involved he should worry about doing his job. Hopefully he see the light and stops making his sport look bad with comments like these.
Concussions are a “buzz” issue all over professional sport and I’m glad one of the most dangerous sports is finally getting with the times even though some of their athletes are still stuck in the past.