The chief spinal and neurosurgery director at the Asklepios Klinikum in Germany, Dr Christoph Goetz, told The Express people who have suffered vertebral injuries in the past are commonly advised against doing dangerous sports such as skiing.
“It would be conceivable that patients with vertebral injuries are advised to refrain from highly risk-prone sports because of the risk of injury.” In his debut year in F1, 1991, Schumacher crashed with his Jordan car at 280kmh, leaving him with a cervical fracture, which was diagnosed only years later.
It was not known if Schumacher was told to avoid high-risk sports, such as skiing.
Earlier this week Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn revealed fresh hopes about Schumacher’s health.
“We’re all optimistic about finding solutions in the future and there will be a time when things move forward for Michael,” Brawn, F1’s head of motorsport who helped mastermind Schumacher’s success at Benetton and Ferrari, told the BBC.
While Schumacher has been treated at his home, there continues to be speculation of moving him to a specialist facility in the United States.
Ferrari are running a special exhibition to celebrate Schumacher’s 50th birthday, highlighting his successes that included 91 victories and 155 podiums.
Source: Stuff, NZ