Brad Keselowski calls NASCAR’s new concussion protocol ‘a waste of time’
Brad Keselowski is speaking out against the new concussion protocol NASCAR has put in place for the 2014 season, reports the Associated Press.
Keselowski is taking exception to the amount of latitude the examining doctors will have in diagnosing when a player is concussed and when they recovered and can return to the track. The defending Sprint Cup Series champion said that danger is inherent in the sport:
‘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.’
NASCAR announced recently that they would require all of their drivers to take a baseline test before next season, so that doctors could more easily assess whether drivers had suffered concussions after a crash. The same style of testing is widely used in MLB and the NFL and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who missed two races last year due to a concussion, has endorsed the new safeguards.