Director of OrthoCarolina Motorsports William Heisel, who helps make sure the team stays healthy through the NASCAR season, says it’s actually the pit crew that tends to get injured during race week more than the drivers.
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As the 2018 NASCAR season begins, one of the sport’s top medical providers is emphasizing the need for teams to focus on minimizing the number of injuries on pit road. Bill Heisel, PA-C, Director of Motorsports with OrthoCarolina, suggests that recent NASCAR rule changes mean teams should carefully consider their strategies and injury prevention plans over the course of the season.
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You can find him at nearly every race, hauling a large backpack full of supplies, walking like he’s on a mission. Over the course of a race he’ll walk a total of around seven or eight miles. He’s there because he knows the sport inside and out. He can offer up NASCAR history, facts and trivia on demand. But he’s not who you might think.
Ken Breath, PT, ATC, LAT, Cert DN is the Manager of Motorsports Outreach for OrthoCarolina Motorsports. He works closely with NASCAR athletes, including rehabbing many of its drivers after various injuries. Listen to what he said about the season ahead, as he offers an insider’s perspective on the medical needs of the rigorous schedule of NASCAR.
Bill Heisel is the Director of OrthoCarolina Motorsports
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