ReThink Concussions in the News
Earnhardt helps UPMC raise concussion awareness,
Dale Earnhardt Jr. immediately knew something was wrong during his 2012 crash at Talladega. Following the crash he experienced extreme mood and anxiety changes, which led him to seek treatment at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. In a new site Earnhardt and catcher David Ross share their personal stories. This news piece was also featured on ESPN.com, USA Today, Yahoo, ABC News, among other publications.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s decision to pull himself out of the race at Talladega two years ago was something of a game changer. While the number of racing-related concussions has gone down in recent years the risk still exists. Earnhardt is now joining a new initiative by UPMC to raise awareness about concussions.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. part of concussion awareness program, SportingNews.com
Another product has added Earnhardt as a spokesperson. This one is a little bit different. Earnhardt agreed, free of charge, to participate in a television campaign for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program to educate athletes about treatment of concussions.
The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program is aiming to change the conversation around concussion to one based in fact and research. To do so they launched rethinkconcussions.upmc.com. Red Sox catcher, David Ross, will join athletes of all levels in sharing powerful personal stories.
Dale Jr. Details 2012 Concussions, Recovery,
In the video for UPMC, Dale Jr. discusses the effects of his concussion, the help he received, and how his life has changed for the better as a result of the treatment. NASCAR has now mandated preseason neurocognitive baseline testing as part of its concussion prevention program for all series drivers.
UPMC Initiative Seeks to Raise Awareness of Concussion as a Treatable Injury,
UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program has launched a new site to raise awareness about scientifically proven treatments for concussions. Concussions are a treatable injury and UPMC creates individualized plans to return patients to their normal lives.