Rollcage Medic Podcast

Feast your ears and eyes on podcast and vodcast goodness, as I pick the brains of the leading lights of the motor sport medicine and rescue community.

Some will be well known, others working in the background, but all are experts in their field with acres of experience that they are willing to share.

So tune in, turn on and absorb the goodness.

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Podcast 13 - The medical communicator role with Don DiGiglio

September 18, 2015
I've been chasing this podcast for a while now. My guest for this one is Mr Don DiGiglio, who has been the medical communications operator for the Formula 1 GP since it started in Adelaide. At the recent WRC Rally Australia in Coff's harbour I finally managed to convince Don to sit down over a cup of tea and a choccy bickie and chat about this often under appreciated role.

It can be a tricky job, balancing the communication demands of the medical and rescue teams as well as what is going on in race control. And there are additional aspects that Don brings up that many people may not be aware of.

Here's a picture of the Formula 1 race control room from 2014:

This is the race control at the V8 Supercar event from August of this year:

And here is the rally base control room at the 2011 WRC Rally Australia:

So sit back and enjoy Don's velvety tones.

If you are interested in getting stuck into some motorsport medicine, follow this link - Links and Resources - to find some of the main players, or email me at

As always, comments, questions and suggestions are welcome.

Podcast 12 - Impact Brain Apnoea with Mark Wilson

May 1, 2015

Impact brain apnoea is a topic I've wanted to cover for a little while now. It's something that I became aware of about eighteen months ago and I've been planning to put something on the Rollcage Medic site for the last couple of months. Chatting to a motorsport medical provider recently gave me the spark to get on with it and track down someone who I could tease out the topic with.

And through the myriad corridors that make up the online world of FOAMed (Free Open Access Medical education, #F...
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Podcast 11 - Hugh Scully and Rob Seal - Part 2

April 2, 2015

This podcast continues on from Podcast 10 and was recorded at the end of the FIA Medical Summit in Doha in December last year. Profs Hugh Scully and Rob Seal and I talk about motorsport medicine as a pre-hospital entity, the importance of data, audit and research in the evolution of motorsport medicine rescue and safety and the roles that motorsport competitors have in their own rescue.

For more information on the content of the FIA Summit, go here: FIA Institute Medicine in Motorsport Summ...
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Podcast 10 - Hugh Scully and Rob Seal - Part I - History, Track craft and Crew Retention

March 9, 2015

Doha was fun! Not as much fun as Istanbul two years ago, but still fun. Hopefully you've had a chance to skim through the overviews of the two day Medicine in Motorsport conference, held as part of the FIA AGM last December which I posted a while ago, so you know roughly what was discussed. Certainly the social program at Istanbul was a lot better, but this time I met a lot more people and really interesting people. It's really clear that there are a bunch of really smart individuals who work...
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Podcast 9 - Dr Ian Roberts and lessons learned in motorsport

January 2, 2015
I hope you all had a good Christmas and sent 2014 out with a bang. It's probably why I haven't gotten much work done over the past ten days.

However, it's time to get 2015 up and running and to do that here is the podcast that I recorded with Ian Roberts while we were at the FIA Medicine in Motorsport Summit in Doha. If you want to know more about what was discussed at the Summit itself, I've posted a summary here.

Ian and I sat down in a side room of the ASPETAR Orthopedic and Sports Medicine...
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Podcast 8 - Decision making in high stakes environments with Mike Lauria

August 28, 2014

So last week I wrote a post about a presentation by a guy named Mike Lauria (@ResusPadawan)on the topic of "Making the call" that I found on Scott Weingart's EM Crit site.

Mike's presentation covers all of the key areas relevant to current thinking on critical decision making in high stakes environments, drawing on his experience as a U.S. military pararescueman and a civilian paramedic. (He is also now studying to be doc.)

This is an area I've been following for a little while now, through...

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Podcast 7 - Irish road racing and Australian circuits with John Hinds and Brent May

March 26, 2014
I spent last week in the Gold Coast at possibly the best critical care conference in the world ... smaccGOLD (You can find out the details in my blog post smaccGOLD ... All the hype and more). Amongst the greats like Scott Weingart, Cliff Reid, Victoria Brazil, Karim Brohi, Simon Carly, John Myburgh and Rich Levitan and the rising stars such as Louise Cullen, Grace Leo, Liz Crowe and Lauren Westafer, there was an Irish anesthetist and pre-hospital physician from Belfast who spends his weekend...
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Podcast 6 - The roles of the event Chief Medical Officer with Dr Rik Hagen - Part II

March 11, 2014
In Part II of this podcast interview, Rik and I talk about the responsibilities and tasks that occupy a motorsport chief medical officer's time during and after an event.

We also take a look at some tips, advice and sources of information for budding CMOs and how the role is being developed in the context of a wider evolution of the provision of rescue and medical service provision at motorsports events.

Resources & links

DRIVE.DR - A checklist of items that need to be put in place for a motors...
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Podcast 5 - The roles of the event Chief Medical Officer with Dr Rik Hagen

February 18, 2014
So Christmas is a distant memory by now, and the motorsport season has already started, with the WRC several events in, the Melbourne F1 GP opener around the corner and the V8 Supercars having held their season opening test day at the Sydney Motor Sport Park last Saturday.

To kick of the Rollcage Medic podcasting season I thought we'd take a look at the role of the Chief Medical Officer at motorsport events. There's a full chapter devoted to outlining the CMO responsibilities in the first edi...
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Podcast 4 - Interview with Dr Terry Trammell - Part II

January 16, 2014
Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Saturday, October 5, 2013

Yes, I know, it's been a while. I've been off chasing rally cars in Coff's Coast at the WRC Rally Australia and been part of the Bedside Critical Care Conference so time seems to have slid past. However, it's time to get part two of the Terry Trammell interview up, so here it is.

In this half, Terry and I talk about the position of the driver's body in an open-wheel, open-cockpit race car and how it predisposes to vertebral injury. We ...
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