FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) Veteran musher Brent Sass had to withdraw from the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race last year after falling asleep, falling from his sled and smacking his head on the surface of a frozen lake.
He's taking precautions against another concussion this year.
Sass tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1z4vysI) that he will wear a helmet in this year's Yukon Quest, which begins Feb. 7.
Sass says he's free of the headaches and other symptoms that lingered after he was hurt, but he intends to take better care of himself.
The helmet already was tested when he hit a tree during a training run.
The 35-year-old Eureka musher and former college cross-country skier won the Gin Gin 200 three weeks ago and will be one of the favorites in the 2015 Yukon Quest.
The annual race runs 1,000 miles, between Whitehorse, Yukon, and Fairbanks.
Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com