As NASCAR began the 2014 season with the sport’s biggest race, the Daytona 500, one of the questions to ask is how many of these drivers will suffer a concussion during the course of the year, how many of them will have it properly diagnosed and fully recover before they get behind the wheel, and what will be the long-term effects of these brain injuries?
The long-term effects of head trauma in the NFL, along with other sports, are just now beginning to be realized. This year, NASCAR has mandated baseline cognitive testing for its drivers — a move applauded by some (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and questioned by others (Brad Keselowski). The question to you: Is NASCAR opening a Pandora’s box? How will the sport enforce sitting a driver not cleared by doctors when championship and future sponsorship considerations are on the line? Can this objectively be accomplished?