Browse Publications Technical Papers 2002-01-3350
2002-12-02

Medical and Technical Outcomes of HANS® Use in CART 2002-01-3350

From past experience, crash accelerations in CART Champ Cars during 2000 and 2001 would have caused head injuries at a 15% occurrence rate and neck injuries at a 7.5% occurrence. In 28 incidents in 2000 and 2001 involving 33 drivers, there were no cervical fractures or dislocations, one significant, but minor head injury and 8 instances of minor neck complaint, all of which resolved spontaneously within three weeks. One driver lost racing time. This on-track experience supports the laboratory data previously published and demonstrates the efficacy of the HANS® * device in substantially reducing the risk of head and neck injury in motorsports. (*HANS® is a registered trademark and an acronym for Head and Neck Support.)

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