When I saw that Dale Earnhardt Jr had a book out, I one-clicked it on my Kindle without even reading the description. I figured if NOTHING else I could use Racing To The Finish: My Story as another book review for ye old racing blog. I will say that while the book was not what I expected, it was good and some of it hit a little close to home for me- someone who hasn’t suffered a concussion in her life, But I am getting a bit ahead of myself here. Since I didn’t read the description, I had expected the book to be a general memoir. It is not.
This book does detail Dale’s life story but only referentially. The focus on this book is his experiences with concussions in NASCAR. The book starts with a Forward by Dr. Michael “Micky” Collins, the Director of UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program before Dale dives into anything. In the Forward, Micky, as he’s referred to throughout the book, talks about his experiences working with Dale throughout many years with his concussions.
As a clinician in charge of his car, I never really worrkied about the return-to-racing issue; I was much more focused on his living his life without the burden of and hypervigilance about his debilitating symptoms. – Dr. Michael Collins, Racing To The Finish.
As you will find out as you read the book these symptoms varied both in manifestation and severity depending on the concussion. (more…)