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 28 - Error recovery, High stakes preparation and Post event debrief with WRC driver Hayden Paddon

November 21, 2018

The final leg of the 2018 World Rally Championship was held last weekend in Coff's Harbour and I was there as part of the rescue and medical response team and the deputy CMO. Months of work and preparation paid dividends as this year's winning driver, co-driver and manufacturer were all determined at this end of season event.

We held our CPD accredited "Rescue and Resuscitation in Motorsport Workshop" on Thursday afternoon, running three simultaneous scenarios that included a partially submerged rally car, a co-driver with a penetrating upper limb injury and an injured paediatric spectator. Over the years I have using what I've learned from groups like EMCrit/PulmCrit, Sydney HEMS, Mike Lauria, Chris Hicks, Jon Gatward and the Simulation Podcast along with traditional literature to sculpt the workshop into a mixed skill, high yield prepatory session that tries to draw the best of in-situ sim and education theory as well as current clinical practice. I don't think I've quite got it to where it needs to be but it's getting there and once I get the feedback from attendees I'll be able to start shaping next year's workshop.

Zero point survey: a multidisciplinary idea to STEP UP resuscitation effectiveness.
Cliff Reid et al. Clin Exp Emerg Med 2018; 5(3): 139-143.

There were quite a few incidents during the WRC event that required the team to respond, though there were no significant injuries. 

On the Monday after the rally, as has happened for the past few years since their involvement, the Hyundai Motorsport team headed out to one of the rally stages for some development testing in preparation for next year. Hayden Paddon, who placed second at this year's Rally Australia, was the driver. This year I got suited up and jumped into Seb Marshall's seat to co-drive for Hayden around the Raleigh Raceway Super Special Stage. In fairness, I was really just ballast as Hayden had no problem making his way around the circuit at speed and often sideways.

Afterwards we recorded a podcast covering some of the parrallells between the high pressure, high stakes worlds of acute care medicine and resuscitation and that of a professional top tier championship competitor. Unsurprisingly, given that a lot of sports and performance psychology has been adapted for critical care practice.

Here's the podcast:

(The intro music sample is from "Go" by The Chemical Brothers -

Here's the hot lap with Hayden:


Podcast 26 and 27 - Concussion in Sport with Prof David Hughes (AIS)

May 30, 2018

David Hughes is a sports physician. He's a professor too. And he got together with two of his colleagues, Lisa Elkington and Silvia Manzanero, to sift through the joint consensus statement on concussion in sport that went through its most recent update in Berlin in 2016 and come up with a position statement on concussion in sport for Australia. The position statement was a collaboration between the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA); so this is bi...

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Podcast 25 - Crew Resource Management in Motorsport Rescue and Safety - David Hakim

April 4, 2018

David Hakim is an anaesthetist (anesthesiologist) who lives, works and chases race cars in Canada. He gave one of the talks at last year's ICMS annual general congress in Indianapolis. The topic he chose was one that he has spent some time exploring in order to try to streamline how motorsport rescue and safety is practiced by the team that he works with. 

This exploration led him to learning more about how we think and behave in certain situations and, more importantly, what we can do about i...

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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 physiolo...

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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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