18 SEPTEMBER 2017 scca.com
crunch of the wall at Daytona. Like
many of you, that’s where I first heard
of a basilar skull fracture. I found the
HANS irritating and a little
claustrophobic – for about five
minutes. There have been several
hairy crashes since where I felt my
head strain the straps, and later
thanked the inventors, Jim Downing
and Dr. Bob Hubbard. True heroes.
But wait, there’s more. Head and
neck restraints stop the helmet, but
what stops the brain? In a big hit, the
brain smashes into the skull that holds
it. It’s just suspended in fluid. It bruises,
and swells, and can end your life.
Concussions came into my
consciousness recently when reading
a National Geographic article about a
g-force sensor in a college football
player’s helmet. Seeing the actual
impacts on a graph was shocking.
Then there is the Will Smith movie,