Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of the most popular names in auto racing, has canceled his next two scheduled race appearances due to head injuries sustained in earlier accidents.
During this year’s Talladega Superspeedway, Earnhardt was involved in a 20-car pileup. He had lingering head pains, and when he visited a doctor, he learned that an earlier crash from August had caused some head damage that he was not aware of.
“I had reinjured myself, for a lack of a better way to describe it,” Earnhardt said of the second crash. After taking a few tests, his neurosurgeon did not clear him to participate in more races. He cancelled his next two appearances in the Sprint Cup Series, effectively eliminating his chances of winning the championship.
Earnhardt said that he could tell something was wrong after the first head injury, but he kept it to himself so he could keep racing. This mentality is common among all kinds of athletics, as illustrated by the nationwide concern over football and traumatic brain injuries.
We hope athletes of all ages learn something from Earnhardt’s decision to seek help, even if it meant sitting out a few races. Anyone who suffers a traumatic brain injury (including concussions) should seek help immediately, since any further injury can make the damage much worse.
If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury through no fault of your own, call our offices today to schedule a free consultation.
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