Auto Racing Safety and Injuries
Toxic Fume Inhalation
Drivers and those in the crew are exposed to an abundance of toxic fumes, including burning rubber, gasoline, and second-hand cigarette smoke. Breathing these fumes day in and day out not only takes a toll on your respiratory system, it could put you at a greater risk for cancer; though, no documentation has been recorded (but it’d be great study).
Referencing the above, a lot of the pit crew tend to smoke…around the cars. While this is a rarity, it’s worth mentioning because smoking in the pit happens more than it should!
Car races are extremely loud and can rival a rock concert! Racing puts a driver at risk for serious hearing loss if they forego earplugs; although, it’s common practice these days for drivers and crews to wear them. But, it’s the long-term exposure that puts them at the greatest risk.
It’s no secret that the cars, and the drivers in them, get extremely hot. Combined with long races and constantly perspiring drivers with little to no water breaks available, it easily leads to dehydration. Drivers have even been known to get blood clots that keep them from racing for up to six months at a time.
Substance Abuse Issues
Dakar Rally is the most dangerous and gruesome tournament in the world of motorsports. Even though the event is currently in South America, it poses immense dangers. This man-made circuit is 9,000km and packed with hazards and unforgiving terrains.
- Head injury is the most common type of trauma in a motorsport event
- Spinal Trauma
- Thoracic Injury
- Abdominal Trauma
- Extremity Trauma
- Loss of limbs and eyes
- Low Back Strains – tiny tears or damage in the muscles or ligaments of the low back
- Sacroiliac (SI) Dysfunction – pain around the sacrum, just below the lumbar spine
- Tendinitis – inflammation of the tendons, especially elbows, knees, wrist and shoulder
- Plantar Fasciitis – pain and inflammation of the plantar fasciitis, a thick band of tissue running from the calf to the foot
- Knee Injuries – pain or injury that affects the flexing (bending) or extending (straightening) of the knee
- Shoulder Injuries – pain or injury to the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade) or humerus (upper arm bone)
- Ankle/Foot Injuries – soft tissue or other injuries that affect the mobility of the feet and ankles
- Hand Injuries – fractures, cuts, lacerations, dislocations or other injuries to the hand including carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
- Bone Bruise – a traumatic injury that results from forceful impact or a direct hit
- Cervical Strain – a musculoskeletal issue often characterized by neck pain or dysfunction
- Muscular tightness/weakness – upper motor neuron degeneration and spasticity (tightness) or lower motor neuron degeneration (weakness)
- Rib Head – rib pain caused by the misalignment or subluxation of joints
- Concussions – a brain injury that is caused by a sudden blow to the head or to the body that shakes the brain within the skull.
- Illitobial Band – tightness or pain associated with the iliotibial band, a ligament that runs down the thigh from hip to knee
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