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The Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion has out­lined its new frame­work for safe­guard­ing driv­ers that have suf­fered a con­cus­sion in­jury, with the worst af­fected set to be barred from com­pet­ing un­til fully re­cov­ered.

The MSA be­gan a study into a con­cus­sion di­rec­tive last sea­son, with its Mo­tor Sports Coun­cil, Safety Ad­vi­sory Panel and Med­i­cal Ad­vi­sory Panel work­ing closely with spe­cial­ists from the Rugby Football Union to as­sess the need for new rules gov­ern­ing treat­ment of the in­jury.

The MSA has now is­sued a new set of guide­lines, which re­strict com­pe­ti­tion and ac­tiv­ity for any driv­ers show­ing symp­toms of con­cus­sion af­ter an ac­ci­dent – the symp­toms in­clude con­fu­sion, am­ne­sia, headache and dizzi­ness.

The new rules state that any com­peti­tor di­ag­nosed with con­cus­sion must not com­pete fur­ther in the meet­ing/event and that his/her li­cence be sus­pended and re­tained by the clerk of the course be­fore be­ing re­turned to the MSA’S Med­i­cal Depart­ment. From there com­peti­tors will have to ob­tain for­mal med­i­cal clear­ance from their GP be­fore their li­cence will be re­turned and they can com­pete again.

The typ­i­cal pe­riod of re­cov­ery is stated as be­tween two to three weeks, mean­ing driv­ers with con­cus­sion face lengthy spells on the side­lines.

BTCC driver Andrew Jor­dan suf­fered a con­cus­sion dur­ing prac­tice for Snet­ter­ton in 2014. He raced on Sun­day, but with­drew af­ter the sec­ond out­ing. He wel­comed the new rules: “As a driver you don’t want to give up and that is what it would have felt like if I hadn’t raced on the Sun­day af­ter my crash. But given how I stood up to the rac­ing, it was clear that some­thing wasn’t right and I had pushed too far.

“The com­pet­i­tive in­stinct is al­ways there and you want to get be­hind the wheel no mat­ter what, but you have to take in to ac­count the safety of oth­ers on the track. If you were to cause an ac­ci­dent and if it af­fected an­other driver, it would be aw­ful.

“On bal­ance, I think it is a good thing but I am sure the driv­ers will com­pain!”

Jor­dan had in­jury in ’14

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