Youtuber and Doctor Explain the ‘Life-Saving’ Aspect Behind Ryan Newman Surviving His Horror Crash

YouTuber and medical professional ‘Doctor Mike’ examines some major motorsport wrecks. Among them, he talked about a major accident at the 2020 Daytona 500 involving Ryan Newman. Here, Newman got ahead of Ryan Blaney, when the latter spun him. Newman hit the wall hard and went back onto the tracks before another car hit him.

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Doctor Mike immediately notices that Newman’s #6 car is fish-tailing, and is left stunned for the rest of the scene. He further observed that the side impact was really hard which put a lot of strain on the neck.

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According to his analysis, it is quite okay, because there is no sudden deceleration, which can affect the organs. He said, “There’s no quick stop where you have the inertia of organs that are potentially experiencing high G forces. So this sliding effect really saves lives.”

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Doctor Mike in the Ryan Newman accident

Doctor Mike also listens to Newman’s interview after his recovery from the accident. Newman revealed that he was unconscious and had a concussion. In the eyes of the doctor, it is quite a concussion or contrecoup injury. For the uninitiated, a contrecoup injury is a traumatic brain injury related to the point of impact to the head. This happens on the opposite side of the brain where the effect occurs.

Nov 7, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman (6) during driver introductions during the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The good news is that Newman made a full recovery and is back racing again. Since then, he has been competing in the SRX Series on a full-time basis and enjoying himself. It’s currently unclear if he’ll return to the Cup Series, but for now, things look bleak. One thing is for sure, he is still trying to keep himself active on the race front.

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