F1 / Fragility and Health: Risk of Early Rheumatoid Arthritis and Disc Expansion

This. porpoising It’s cruel I can hardly see where I have to brake At the end of a long straight. It was only a matter of time before we saw a serious accident. I fear disaster. I do not think we can continue like this for another three years or as long as we abide by these rules. The situation is too dangerous. “” I have pain in my neck and back, although not at a high level. – Speed ​​angle. I do not know what the future holds, but can not drive like this for three years, just Stupid. We are clearly in F1, the pinnacle of the sport. We have incredible technology, we can find any solution. We will see what we do: better later. ”– George Russell (Mercedes GPDA Director)
“Our car is still bouncing. This makes our lives very difficult. I gave everything I could, but this car was both straight and on the freeway. It jumps so much it feels like a kangaroo. In practice for free on Friday, I could not finish the race due to back pain and today Also. (Saturday, ed) I feel so hurt “,” “Sure, this is the hardest race of my life from a visual standpoint. Physical for the pain I have “- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
“We have to find a solution to the porridge. I do not think we can spend four years like this. Sometimes there will be an explosion and it will definitely explode.. And you will say, ‘I have said this.’ – Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
“Now I understand others very well. It’s a bad thing. I really feel shaky. Do you know when a basketball player jumps the ball too low? That’s what I feel like someone is doing it to my helmet. I know George [Russell] He talked about it, saying it was no longer sustainable. I felt shaky and ‘shaking’. This is not a good thing. When I say this, I mean everyone’s health. It is not uncommon to vibrate with that frequency. I’m very sad because it is the first time I have experienced this. – Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
“I suffered a lot on Friday and for some reason I had a car or a broken bottom that hurt and it really hurt. I saw other cyclists struggling and we got to the point where we looked at each other to say: “We have to do something because we can not withstand another 10 years like this.” So we asked the FIA ​​to look into this and listen to our drivers because we are starting to have a hard time managing the situation. We want the FIA ​​to act as quickly as possible because otherwise the situation will start to be difficult to control due to the concentration of pain. I do not know if we can talk about accidents, but we have to ask ourselves if it is necessary for F1 to have 20 drivers at the end of each race with back problems. Is it really worth it? I do not believe. “I think it is not necessary and we all, including the team, should think about the health of the riders.” – Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
We venture to walk with cane at 30“We are putting health risks.” – Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri).

The buzzwords erupted during Baku weekends by many pilots who wanted to focus on the risks – related to road safety and health – for those entering the cockpit of a single-seat, impacted ground. Designed for 2022. The phenomenon of porpoising – but also downhill – is creating a vibration that Formula 1 world champions have struggled to absorb and accept, and the whole world has seen Lewis Hamilton find it difficult to get out. From his Mercedes W13 at the end of 51 laps in Azerbaijan. Drivers have asked the federation to intervene, and according to what appears to be a radio-fine, the FIA ​​has already indicated its intention to consult a specialist and analyze the data to assess the real risks for drivers. Over the weekend in Baku, Mercedes director Toto Wolff spoke about “Forced up to 6GThat shook the passenger compartment. And that directly affects the spine and lumbar region. The School of Thought, led by Christian Horner (Red Bull) and backed by some media outlets, classifies the issue as PoliticsAnd so, with the sole purpose of expanding the problem to change the technical rules, thus creating a lost ground to those behind and so Mercedes. Circumstances in which George Russell responded: “Even Ferrari drivers and even Max Verstappen say it’s difficult. “Most of us are in the same boat.”

To analyze this story, what Dr. writes is interesting Sid WatkinsDied in 2012 and was the medical manager of Formula 1 for 26 seasons from the late 1970s to the early 2000s. A British neurologist and surgeon published a book in 1996 entitled “Life on the Limit: Victory and Tragedy in Formula 1 ″In which he moved the stages of his career from various losses to the miraculous rescue of Gerhard Berger, Martin Donnelly, Comric Comas, Rubens Barrichello, Karl Wendlinger and Mika Häkkinen. Part of the work deals specifically with the impact of a car crash on the driver’s body and is shared on Reddit by users. / icantaffordcabbage. We propose a clear translation, we are talking about examples related to time (1996) and even earlier studies (1980s) on the effects of the earth and therefore must be related not only to current strength and velocity but also to material and structure. Other constructions as well. Of a single seat and circuit, but which really gives an interesting picture of what happens on the driver’s body:
Well. Vibration is a problem And the less the suspension on the car, the more the driver suffers from vibration. Spine encounters vertical load Due to the impact of the car against the irregularity of the circuit surface. This narrows and narrows the intervertebral disc of the spine, which is made of fibrous and elastic material and serves as a shock absorption system. At the same time, the spinal muscles maintain an active posture, resisting the G force and working constantly to reduce stretching and vertical compression. Kim Burton in 1983 and 1987, along with his colleague J. Sandover of the University of Loughborough, found that changes made to the Formula 1 suspension between 1982 and 1983 significantly reduced back pain. And back pain that occurred in fifteen Grand Prix drivers examined. The 1982 car is a ground-impact vehicle with high downward force and rigid suspension. In 1983, FISA introduced a law that reduced the force by reducing the stiffness of the suspension by half (50%). As a result, in 1983 (statistically significant) only eight pilots suffered back pain and only seven suffered from neck pain, so almost half of the pilots had no pain. Due to the vertical force in the spine Disc protrusion occurs vertically parallel to the spineRather than horizontally passing through it (as in a normal disc), the X-ray backbone of some F1 drivers showed these unusual features. In additionWear due to vibration and G force leads to the development of arthritis in the early stages, as has happened to some athletes, especially boxers, football players and athletes..

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