MOTOAMERICA: CONCUSSION DANGER FOR ROADRACING BROUGHT TO LIGHT
The New Year is often heralded in with the thoughts of a fresh start, and that’s exactly what road racer Josh Day has his sights set on for 2017. Words like retirement just don’t seem applicable to the young Floridian, but a brain injury last season had the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 racer and his wife Lauren coming to the decision that it was time to close his chapter as a professional road racer.
“I’m not going to say ‘retired’ because road racers hate that word, especially when they’re only 27 years old like I am,” commented Josh. “‘Retired’ is for people over the age of 65, and I’ve got almost 40 years left in me before I reach that point! So, I’m just going to say that I will no longer be racing a motorcycle professionally. But that doesn’t mean that I am walking away from the paddock.”
Rather, Day looks forward to having a new supporting role in racing – either as a rider coach or crew member – but he’s especially motivated to share what he’s learned from his injury and serve as an advocate for concussion safety protocol. It became a buzz word in stick and ball sports after football star’s Junior Seau suicide in 2012 brought a condition called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) to the limelight. Similarly, Dave Mirra’s suicide last February and the subsequent revelation that he too suffered from CTE rocked the action sports world and the revelation that in spite of all the focus on football, it’s not just a football injury. So far it hasn’t been addressed at the same level in motorcycle racing. Read full article...