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Podcast 24 - ICMS ACG 2017 Day 2

January 12, 2018


And so to the final day of the ICMS annual congress. Following on from day 1, today covered:

  • A description of the Billy Monger / Patrick Pasma Formula 4 crash at Donnington Park along with the interventions and follow up thereafter.
  • An overview of and updates to the FIA's RaceTrue anti-doping program
  • The Dan Q Marisi Lecture
  • A panel presentation on developments in occulovestibular reflex testing and its application to concussion assessment in motor sport
  • A presentation on the physical and physiological demands on a race car driver
  • Return to competition following concussion in the motorsport context


The podcast




After recording this podcast I had further discussions with Fabian Berger about his Race Resource Management training embedded within the DMSB's International Medical Days training program. Apart from ongoing evolution of the training, which includes a strong focus on human factors education, the training program is open to anyone with a motor sport rescue background to attend. He sent the program's overview document which I have permission to publish on this site below, which includes contact details if you want to attend. Note that the closing date for applications is January 15th which is only 3 days away. The course itself runs from the 23rd February to 25th February at the awe-inspiring Nurburgring in Germany.



International Medical Days 2018 information PDF

International Medical Days 2018 registration form PDF

There was a third day day to the conference which I have not covered with a podcast summary. There were four quick presentations in the morning, the details of which you can see on the congress curriculum (https://icmsmotorsportsafety.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/AGM-PROGRAM-Curriculum-2017-v120117.pdf), followed by an afternoon that kicked off with a presentation and Q&A with exercise physiologist Dr David Ferguson and IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball on being a race car driver with diabetes and then a  hands-on series of workshops that covered extrication, fire suppression and airway and haemorrhage management.





Overall, the 2017 ICMS Annual General Congress was another good conference. While I found it a little muted compared to last year, this may simply have been the reduced novelty factor given that this was my second time attending. But don't pass up an opportunity to attend this conference, especially if you have never been. I've been talking to the people behind the organisation and there is some genuinely exciting work being done to progressively improve the content and format of next year's Congress and ensure that ICMS members are getting back what they put into the membership. So keep an eye on developments on the ICMS site over the coming year.

Resources and references


Note: I have no conflicts of interest to declare and receive no financial or career gain for any of the products mentioned or referenced in either the text or podcast of this post.
 

Podcast 23 - ICMS ACG 2017 Day 1 Part 2

December 30, 2017


This is the second part of a three-part series of summaries that cover the two days of the ICMS Annual General Congress in earlier in December.

The topics covered included human factors, situational awareness and race resource management, research in driver physiology and safety in powerboat racing. Vincenzo Tota wasn't able to come and present his talk on concussion attributed to rigid race seat headrests in DTM cars (you can read about this in an earlier Rollcage Medic article - ) and was re...

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Podcast 22 - ICMS Annual Congress 2017 Day 1 Part 1

December 19, 2017


At the beginning of this month I made the long trip to early winter Indianapolis (yes, it snowed) for the International Council for Motorsport Science (ICMS) Annual General Congress. This is the second time that I have attended this particular conference, the first time having been this time last year. It was good to be able to attend for a second consecutive year and good to catch up with colleagues and friends. 



As it was in 2016, the ICMS AGC was embedded within the much larger Performance ...

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Podcast 21 - Concussion in Motor Sport - A literature review

November 4, 2017



Concussion is an ongoing issue in sport. It has gained a lot of attention over the past few years in turn driving attempts to improve diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. Have a look through the “References and resources” section below for previous posts and podcasts concerning concussion on this website.

Most of the work done on sports-related concussion has occurred in field and contact sports, such as rugby, gridiron and horse events. Predictably, there is an increasing awareness of t...

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Podcast 20 - David Dalrymple and Fire - Part II

September 20, 2017
Motorsport championships are heating up. As is the approaching Australian summer. So let's crack on with the second half of the podcast that I recorded with Fire Specialist and Motorsport Rescue Technician, David Dalrymple.


In Part 2 we cover:
  • Fire suppression and extinguishing agents.
  • Standards, recommendations and regulations.
  • The NFPA 610 regulations for fire response at motorsport events.
  • David's forthcoming article on two new mask respirators for fire management safety. David's First Res...

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Podcast 19 - David Dalrymple and Fire - Part 1

September 1, 2017

The speed, the heat, the fumes .... motorsport is great!

Unless the heat and fumes are the cause of a fire and the speed refers to the rate at which the flames are spreading. Then it's really bad.


There are a lot of reasons why a fire can get going during a motorsport event, whether at the scene of a crash or somewhere in the paddock or service park. We rely on the presence of knowledgeable and experienced fire marshals to have our backs (and fronts, sides, tops and underparts), but wouldn't i...
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Podcast 18 - The competitor's perspective with Karl Reindler

July 10, 2017


What's it like to crash at over 150kph? What's it like to be crashed into? What about being engulfed in a fireball while strapped into your seat by a combination of a 6-point harness, communications wiring, ventilation and drinks tubing and a window safety net? And what is it like to have a medical response team haul you out of your broken car and start working on you right there?

If you race for long enough and push hard enough there is a statistical likelihood that this will happen at some p...

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Podcast 17 - Naomi Deakin and Research in Motorsport Medicine

May 20, 2017

Naomi Deakin is a trauma fellow pursuing a PhD in England. No strange thing amongst doctors who are trying to carve out a place and career for themselves. Except that few choose motorsport medicine as an area to chase down that higher qualification. And yet why not? It's a fertile area full of possible aspects to explore.

Yet if you go looking for clinical advancement topics in motorsport your search will not take too long. There's just not that much too be found. This is odd for a profession ...
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Motorcycle rescue sim from SMACC Dublin 2016

April 2, 2017

Training as a team is really important. Technical skills are honed, communication becomes targeted and succinct and deficits are identified and can be troubleshot. Organising and running team training sessions takes a lot of work and commitment on everyone's part, but it pays dividends.

The Social Media And Critical Care (SMACC) conference does its best to evolve each year and seeks to explore some of the outer edge areas of acute care medicine. Last year's conference was held in Dublin and am...

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Podcast 16 - Michael Hoffer and Virtual Reality for concussion

February 10, 2017
(Image from Dr S. Olvey's presentation slides at the ICMS 2016 AGM)

More concussion. We can't get enough of it. It has mushroomed over the past few years and is firmly in the public awareness, especially amongst sports competitors.

Until recently, there have been two levels of diagnosis; point of care and clinic-based. Point of care testing occurs on the sidelines or in the event medical centre and needs to be:
  • rapid,
  • easily applied,
  • cheap,
  • easily accessible
  • and have good test characteristics (...

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