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 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 point.



It's tough to find someone who will discuss this topic as professional drivers tend to be a superstitious bunch and this is a touchy area to acknowledge. Yet getting an insight into the competitor's perspective is so valuable for medical responders at any sporting event; not just motorsport.



Karl Reindler is a professional race car driver who knows exactly how all of these things feel like. He's also an eloquent and candid guy who is prepared to talk about this side of racing. I've chased him for a year to do this podcast (my fault, not Karl's) and last weekend we managed to find a shared 20 minutes to go through it.





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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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Podcast 15 - Fabian Berger, tornado jets and human factors training

December 3, 2016


Fabian Berger is a tornado pilot with the German air force and amateur race car driver. He is also an aircraft accident investigator.

He was inspired to take his aviation experience of simulator based training, crew resource management (Fabian calls it Race Resource Management to better contextualise it) and human factors education to race officials and motorsport medics, so that's what he did through the DMSB in Germany.

I caught up with him after his talk at the FIA Institute's chief medica...
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Podcast 14 - Dan Marin, the ICMS and PRI_2015

December 1, 2015
Motorsport medicine is a lot of fun. There are fast cars, (mostly) good drivers and you get to work with a small group of similarly aligned individuals in a fairly challenging environment. Often it's the social aspect and the things that you learn along the way that keeps you coming back.

And medical conferences play on that socialising/networking/learing framework. So thankfully there are a handful of motorsport medicine conferences at various times of the year. Last year I went to my second ...
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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...

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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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