If you recall during the Tour de France there was a couple of bike wrecks that ended cyclists run at the Yellow Jersey. One in particular involved Chris Horner, he was caught on video after the stage with obvious signs of a head injury/concussion. Hearing that he wanted to continue was not a surprise, as most athletes will do anything to keep on going, what has since become clear via his own writing/blog is how bad he was;
The first thing I remember following my crash on Stage 7 of the Tour de France was sitting in the hospital bed talking to the team doctor. The only problem was, it was the NEXT morning! I was mid-sentence in my conversation with Dag when I finally became conscious of where I was and what was going on. Before that, whatever conversation we’d had, whether it was after the race, on the way to the hospital, or even in the hospital, I don’t remember having. Who Dag was talking to all that time, I don’t really know, but he said the guy sounded and acted just like me, strangely enough!
As you read through the story you will find that he was hurt in other places besides his head, and even has developed a very serious issue with blood clots. What was telling was that you never read the word “concussion” in the article, which is both good and bad in my opinion. Concussions is something that cyclists really need to be cognizant of and just because you hurt your head does not mean you can continue. Perhaps his story will make riders more acutely aware of the ramifications of a “head injury” but using the term “concussion” would illustrate the issue further.
It is good to see his own accounts of the story, and the seemingly great recovery from his concussion, if more high-profile athletes would take the time to tackle this issue head on perhaps the “machismo” will wane.