Tuesday Quick Hits (UPDATED)

Bending the rules for a star is not uncommon, heck we see it almost every week in the NFL as players are initially reported to have “dirt in the eye”, or “back spasms”, etc.  However it is rare that you see an overt “relaxing” of rules to possibly allow them to play.  It has happened in the UK in Premiere League Soccer, the team is Arsenal Manchester United and the player is Rio Ferdinand (bold my emphasis);

Ferdinand claimed on Twitter that he ‘could not remember’ what happened during United’s 3-0 victory over Bolton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

He also admitted  he had suffered concussion, which under previous FA rules meant he would automatically miss the next 10 days.

But the FA have relaxed the guidelines and Ferdinand, 33, will now be put through a thorough medical examination.

Thanks to twitter both @SportsDocSkye and @SportsDoc_Chris find that the article as I have presented it and was reported in the link is inaccurate.  I appreciate them following and correcting this issue (also my stupidity when it comes to European Futbol).  The issue that needs correcting is that the current FA concussion guidelines follow the Zurich statement and a player will follow graduated return to play, meaning the 10 day issue is moot…


I was reading an editorial in the Star Tribune about how the concussion laws could be a detriment to coaches and teams, when I came across some good Continue reading

IndyCar Concussion: Pippa Mann

Photo Courtesy of @djcraske

Pippa Mann will not be in the starting grid for the New Hampshire IZOD IndyCar race today.  The story from Indycar.com only makes mention that she and her team have withdrawn, and that further tests are necessary back in Indianapolis.  However when it comes to Indy Racing we have a very good source, @djcraske, he submitted the following;

Unfortunately, I have another concussion to report to you.

  • Driver: Pippa Mann
  • Hometown: Ipswich, England
  • Age: Just turned 28 on Thursday
  • Team: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
  • Race: MoveThatBlock.com 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

From her Twitter Account (@PippaMann), these are her last 2 tweets: Continue reading

INDYCAR Followup

After the stories about Simona de Silvestro and Will Power, I was inundated with email regarding the actual protocol for the racing series and concussions.  I was able to reach out to get some answers from a source within INDYCAR that wishes not to be identified as they are not part of the medial “team”,

“All drivers take the ImPACT at the start of the season to establish baseline.  It is required the ImPACT as well as evaluation by our medical director for clearance to drive after a driver has been diagnosed with a concussion.”

However there is NO mention of mandatory rest, just eluding to passing a NP test, that we have documented as having reliability issues.  There is not even mention of symptoms, rather a medical evaluation and TAKING the test (I would be dumbfounded if they didn’t have to “pass” the test).  I am not a professional driver but I would be very weary of other drivers that may in fact be having concussion symptoms hurling down the track at 200MPH.

I would suggest that the series take a much more proactive stance with this injury, not only for the safety of the injured driver but the others on the track.

This comment was so good that I thought I would re-post it here… Continue reading

Another Race Another Concussion UPDATE

Photo Courtesy of David Craske


INDYCAR has been stricken with another concussion, this time with “star” driver Will Power. Power was tied for the series lead at the time of the crash.  The racing series was very quick to react to this injury, as opposed to Simona de Silvestro, here is a statement just following the Iowa race;

Will Power suffered a minor concussion when his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car made hard rearward contact with the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier at Iowa Speedway on Lap 90 of the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer, according to INDYCAR director of medical services Dr. Michael Olinger.

Thanks, once again to @djcraske (now the official TCB-INDYCAR correspondent), here is the video of the crash (begin watching at 14:20): Continue reading

INDYCAR Concussion Question UPDATE

UPDATE 6/24 12:28 CST: According to @djcraske de Silvestro has NOT been cleared to race in Iowa this weekend, and will not attempt.  Repeating, after this story, Simona de Silvestro will not be cleared to race in Iowa, even though she did 24 hours following the concussion…

UPDATE #2 6/24 12:35 CST: RT@djcraske Credit to both her & HVM Racing. She went to medical on own accord, they ran IMPACT tests – denied. Next race July 10.

UPDATE #3 6/24 12:41 CST: And the image of de Silvestro was blocked for use, sorry honest mistake…

UPDATE #4 6/24 1:11 CST: Thanks to @djcraske, once again for allowing me to use one of his pictures!!!

If you recall prior to the Indy 500, during qualifications, Ho-Pin Tung was disallowed to race after a concussion during an accident.  Also during that qualification, the new “darling” of IndyCar Simona de Silvestro, had an accident but reports only had (only in air quotes) 2nd and 3rd degree burns to contend with.  However if you look at the two crashes you will notice that both were of considerable force, and some have even commented that the de Silvestro crash was seemingly worse.  (These are people affectionately know as “gear heads” who follow the sport much closer than I).

Thanks do @djcraske and his very intimate following of INDYCAR he had these observations;

Now, that accident was nothing of her doing whatsoever. Something obviously broke in the left rear, and she was a passenger. 99.9999% of the world’s population would’ve left skidmarks in their drawers after something like that. She suffered 2nd/3rd degree burns on her hands, and must wear gloves for one year. To her credit, she qualified for the 500.

During the 500, she whitewalled Turn 1 on Lap 3 or so, and struggled with the car. She was in/out of the pits often, and finally retired after 44 laps, finishing 31st.

During the Texas Twin 275’s, she didn’t have much of a car there, finishing back in 27th & 28th place. Still, some said she was still a little spooked after the Indy accident.

Fast forward to last weekend’s race at Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Mile is one of the trickest ovals in INDYCAR, because it really does drive like a road course. During practice, this happens: Continue reading