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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, In : Interviews 


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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, In : Interviews 


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 20 - David Dalrymple and Fire - Part II

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, In : Interviews 
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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Friday, September 1, 2017, In : Interviews 

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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Monday, July 10, 2017, In : Interviews 


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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Saturday, May 20, 2017, In : Interviews 

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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Podcast 16 - Michael Hoffer and Virtual Reality for concussion

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Friday, February 10, 2017, In : Interviews 
(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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Saturday, December 3, 2016, In : Interviews 


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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, In : Interviews 
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 12 - Impact Brain Apnoea with Mark Wilson

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Friday, May 1, 2015, In : Interviews 


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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Thursday, April 2, 2015, In : Interviews 


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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Monday, March 9, 2015, In : Interviews 


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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Friday, January 2, 2015, In : Interviews 
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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Thursday, August 28, 2014, In : Interviews 


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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, In : Interviews 
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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, In : Interviews 
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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, In : Interviews 
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

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Thursday, January 16, 2014, In : Interviews 
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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Podcast 3 - Interview with Dr Terry Trammell - Part I

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Thursday, January 16, 2014, In : Interviews 
Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I feel like I've scored big this time. I'm on the podcasting steam train and this one's a gem. The audio quality could be better, but it was recorded over a mobile phone line on speaker phone.

I emailed Dr Terry Trammell after reading an article that he co-authored with Kathy Flint and asked if he would be prepared to sit down to record a podcast interview. And being a gentleman, he agreed. I can't share a link to the article with you, a...
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The logistics behind providing medical and rescue cover for motorsports events with Tony Harris

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Thursday, January 16, 2014, In : Interviews 
Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I've just spent the weekend working with the Motorsport Safety and Rescue (MSR) team providing medical cover for the FIA International Rally of Queensland. During the weekend I had the opportunity to sit down with Tony Harris, an intensive care paramedic with wilderness rescue training from Tasmania who has taken on the role of Motorsport Co-ordinator for MSR.

I've been used to simply turning up, doing the job and going home at the end ...
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Exercise associated hyponatraemia with Luke Bennett

Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Thursday, January 16, 2014, In : Interviews 
Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

So I've decided to have a go at this podcasting business. Everyone is doing it and I've learned a bit about it from work that I've done with the Intensive Care Network and from friends who run sites like Life In The Fast Lane, EM Crit, the P.H.A.R.M., BroomeDocs and the Ultrasound Podcast. How hard can it be?

Well, as you might be about to see, it's actually kind of tricky; especially the first time around.

I got talking to Luke Bennett re...
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