Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives peek at recovery process from concussion
It’s been 68 days since Dale Earnhardt Jr. made contact with Chris Buescher on Lap 63 of the Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway while exiting Turn 2 and pancaked the outside wall, a relatively harmless looking accident.
Since, Earnhardt competed in three more races before sitting out four due to a concussion Earnhardt and his doctors believe stemmed from the June 12 race at Michigan.
While Jeff Gordon will make his fourth start in substitution for Earnhardt this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, no timetable has been given on when the 13-time most popular NASCAR driver will return to the track. In his Sprint Cup career, Earnhardt has missed six total races due to concussions.
In the meantime, Earnhardt has been transparent about how he is dealing with the concussion, from speaking on his Dale Jr. Download podcast, to holding a press conference at Watkins Glen International.
Now, Earnhardt has given the curious an inside look at his rehab process through social media. On Thursday, Earnhardt posted multiple pictures and videos to Instagram detailing some of the activities and tests he is undergoing regularly in order to help him prepare for his return to racing.
The activities range from doing basketball drills, to eye chart exercises and walking through a dark room lit by only disco ball-like lighting.
In each post, Earnhardt gives a brief explanation about the related exercise.