first_imgRELATED: Almirola released from hospitalNASCAR officials will do a thorough inspection of the No. 43 Ford of driver Aric Almirola following the Richard Petty Motorsports driver’s fiery crash during Saturday’s Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway.“It’s currently at the (NASCAR) R&D Center, and our safety experts will … look for anything that might give us clues or some indication of exactly what the challenge was there with Aric and his back,” Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition, said Monday morning on “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR.“I’m certain they’ll interview him and ask him about all the particulars of how tight his belts were and all the rest of that.“When we have these situations or even situations where someone doesn’t get hurt, we really like to investigate as best as possible into the accident and see how we can get better.”Almirola suffered a compression fracture of the T5 vertebra when his car was involved in a three-car accident on Lap 199 of the 267-lap Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.The incident began when a mechanical issue appeared to cause the No. 22 Team Penske Ford of Joey Logano to clip the right rear of the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford of Danica Patrick in Turn 1 on the 1.5-mile track.Patrick’s Ford slammed hard into the outside wall, then struck the Logano entry as it slid up the track. Patrick’s car had burst into flames when the Almirola entry came into the corner and piled into the left front of Logano’s car.The impact was so severe it lifted the rear wheels of Almirola’s Ford off the racing surface.MORE: Almirola, Logano, Patrick in fiery wreckEmergency and track safety workers were quickly on the scene. While Logano and Patrick were not injured and were able to exit their cars without assistance, workers had to remove the roof of Almirola’s car to extricate the driver.He was alert as workers placed him on a backboard and quickly airlifted him to the University of Kansas Medical Center.The 33-year-old driver was released Sunday, and returned home to North Carolina. According to RPM officials he was expected to undergo additional medical evaluations upon his return.Updates on his condition and the team’s plans for the upcoming race weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway are expected to be announced at a later date.Miller praised the work of the safety crews and medical personnel.“To take the precautions that they did, fortunately Aric was able to talk with them over there and explain the situation so they acted accordingly and we were really happy with the way all that went,” he said.In addition to the safety aspects of the driver compartment, Miller said NASCAR’s safety group will look at the reasons for the fire.RELATED: NASCAR makes safety push with traveling medical team“We always look at that and the biggest thing that we’re concerned with from a fire perspective is fuel and the car sitting there burning for a long time and going into a big blaze,” he said. “Fuel is the biggest catalyst for that. I think we’ve done a really good job with the fuel cells and all the work that we’ve done there. When you have a crash like that and the oil coolers and oil lines and all the things that get damaged in a wreck like that, oil is going to come out on the headers and it’s going to be hard to stop a flash fire.“But I think as long as we can stay away from those fires that sit there and burn or escalate after the car stops, we’re doing pretty good there.”The race was red-flagged for 27 min., 41 seconds while safety and rescue personnel attended to the drivers and cleaned up the scene.Almirola is in his sixth full season of competition in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He has one career victory, 10 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes in 226 career starts.last_img read more

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first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 17 2018Salsa dancers are less likely to get injured while dancing than people taking part in Spanish, aerobic or Zumba dancing, according to new research.But they suffer a similar rate of injuries as ballroom dancers, the researchers at Coventry University found.The injuries they did receive were most often caused by being stepped on by another dancer.The research also suggested that women were twice as likely to be injured while salsa dancing than men.It’s the first study to look at the injury rates of amateur salsa dancers, and compare its finding to similar research into other popular genres of dance.The research team found that people were more likely to be injured while salsa dancing if they were women, older, and had a higher body mass index (BMI).Those with more salsa dance experience, according to the research, were less likely to be injured while salsa dancing.The study involved 450 amateur salsa dancers aged between 18 and 64 filling in a survey.It included questions about their salsa experience, how many salsa sessions they took part in a week, other physical activity they engaged in, their warm-up routine, as well asking for details about their injury history.None of the dancers were professional, but all had more than a year of salsa dancing experience.Other findings included:• The injury risk increased by 3% for every one year increase in age.• There was a 7% increase in injury risk for every 1 kg/m2 increase in BMI.• The odds of injury reduced by 7% for every year of salsa dance experience gained.Salsa was found to have an injury rate of 1.1 injuries for women and 0.5 injuries for men per 1,000 hours of dancing.Ballroom had a similar injury rate of 1.5 injuries for women and 0.5 injuries for men per 1,000 hours of dancing.Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchThe salsa injury rate was lower than similar genres of dance, including Spanish (which had an injury rate of 1.5 injuries per 1,000 hours); aerobic (which had an injury rate of 2.9 injuries per 1,000 hours) and Zumba (which had an injury rate of 3.9 injuries per 1,000 hours).The research has been published in the journal of Physical Activity and Health.Dr Pablo A Domene, a research associate at the university’s Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences, who also teaches salsa dancing to staff and students, said:”Researchers have been investigating injuries in dance for many years to try to reduce the risk of people being hurt while performing – but until now no one has ever looked at salsa.””For us it seemed necessary to do this research using a large group of dancers, and from a variety of countries, to be able to provide comparisons in terms of injury rates, types and severity with other popular genres of dance.””It was interesting to see that salsa is about equal to ballroom, not more so, in terms of likelihood of getting injured if you participate in these dances.”He also had some advice for salsa dancers to help them avoid injury.”Avoiding dancing when the environment is clearly overcrowded, taking extra care not to collide with or step on other dancers, and avoiding wearing open-toed shoes are some practical recommendations for amateur salsa dancers that may reduce the chances of getting hurt.”Earlier this year, a team of researchers including Dr Domene carried out a study that suggested salsa dancing can boost brain function.The results were revealed on the BBC One show The Truth About Getting Fit, presented by Dr Michael Mosley.last_img read more

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