NASCAR To Mandate Concussion Testing In 2014

Jimmie Johnson is the Chase leader with only 4 races left.

Jimmie Johnson is the Chase leader with only 4 races left.

NASCAR will mandate baseline concussion testing starting next season, the sanctioning body announced Thursday.

The baseline test will be required prior to the start of the season in order to measure it against another result in case a driver is involved in a crash. The comparison will be one of several factors that doctors use to diagnose and treat concussions.

“NASCAR made this decision because we think it is important to drivers’ health for doctors to have the best information and tools available in evaluating injuries,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR vice president of racing operations.

During Speedweeks media day in February, NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said that the national touring series has been providing information during competitors’ annual preseason physicals about the imPACT test, which measures several neurocognitive functions including memory, reaction time, attention span and other cognitive abilities.

Source: Jeff Gluck, USA Today Sports

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