Power Cleared To Race

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – The results of an extensive medical evaluation of INDYCAR driver Will Power have cleared the Team Penske driver to return to the race series.

The testing was carried out at the University of Miami’s Concussion Program after Power was involved in a one car crash during practice for the Grand Prix of St Petersburg on March 11. He was replaced for the race by driver Oriol Servia as doctors performed a Sports Concussion Assessment Tool after he experienced severe nausea following the collision.

At the time, Power was being treated for an inner-ear infection.

“Given the nature of his inner-ear infection, it would have been extremely difficult for Will to pass the SCAT, which is what ultimately led to the concussion diagnosis,” explained Dr Terry Trammell, a safety consultant to INDYCAR. “At the University of Miami they conducted a week’s worth of testing in one day and Will was seen by multiple physicians. The doctors concluded definitively that Will had not sustained recent head trauma.”

A team of physicians specializing in concussions conducted the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) test followed by an MRI/DVI study. The 2014 INDYCAR Series champion passed both examinations.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata