FIA Launches Concussion Awareness Campaign

The FIA has launched a concussion awareness campaign which is designed to educate and raise awareness of concussion, including signs, symptoms, and red flags to further protect motorsport competitors. Full details can be found in this edition of the Driver Development Roundup. I also have details on how a spreadsheet can keep you on track to fulfill your race driver career goals, advice from Bobby Rahal and the role of families in motorsport. All this and more in this week’s edition of the Driver Development Roundup on Motorsport Prospects.

FIA Launches Concussion Awareness Campaign

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FIA Launches Concussion Awareness Campaign

The FIA has launched a new concussion awareness campaign which is designed to educate and raise awareness of concussion, including signs, symptoms, and red flags in an effort to further protect motor sport competitors.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA President and driving force behind this project, said: “I have experienced concussion firsthand, away from the race track. I have felt the symptoms and dealt with the aftermath. I understand the critical importance of this issue.Thanks to the FIA Medical and Safety team, we will provide an educational and accessible approach to identifying and combating concussion in our sport, ensuring the safety of all current and future competitors.”

Concussion is a mild brain injury that needs to be taken seriously, and by educating on how to spot it, the steps to take if concussed, and how to return to racing, this knowledge sharing will help keep motor sport as safe as possible.

The best concussion is the one you don’t have, and prevention is the first line of defence.

Signs of concussion to watch out for include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Problems balancing
  • Amnesia or forgetfulness
  • Irritability or changed emotional state

Competitors with symptoms should present themselves to the medical team who will assess and advice. Remember, if in doubt, sit out.

On returning to racing after a concussion, international competitors should follow the regulations in Appendix L of the FIA Sporting Code. National competitors should follow the advice of their ASN medical department, with all competitors declaring concussion instances to the Chief Medical Officer at the start of their next race.

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