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 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 hard to make advances in the provision of medical and rescue services at motorsport events across the world, be they circuit based, rally or off-road; sprints or endurance.

One of the biggest things to come out of the summit, not by design of the summit, but rather as a result of a group of people getting together and having the motivation to make things happen, is the establishment of a network of motorsport physicians that reaches around the globe facilitating open discussion, debate and the opportunity to combine research and idea generating resources. More on this on a later post.

There were, thankfully, some unplanned social gatherings during the week, usually at the conference hotel bar and restaurant in the evenings and one of these led to the chance to sit down with the masterful Professor Hugh Scully, who's list of motorsport medical achievements would take up the rest of this post, and the delightful, humble and deep thinking Professor Rob Seal (who made me promise to correct my error in proclaiming him to be the Canadian Grand Prix Chief Medical Officer; a role which falls to Dr Jaques Brochard. Rob is the Medical Director for the Canadian Motorsports Response Team at the Canadian GP, but is also the CMO for a variety of other events, including World Rally Cross at the Canadian circuit).


We sat in the Mykonos Restaurant for this recording and yes, we did have a bottle of wine and a beer or two on the go, but the main impairment to sound quality was the occasionally blustery coastal wind, the other table guests and the fact that in the background, the hotel was adding on a completely new wing, complete with jackhammers and scaffolding. So it was a bit of a challenge to clean up the audio and while it might sound a little digitised in spots, it is definitely listenable. We chatted for over an hour, so even after the post recording editing, I've still split it into two parts.

Part I covers a bit of the history of medicine in motorsport and then moves on to circuit craft and medical crew recruitment and retention. Part II, which I'll upload a little later, moves on to framing motorsport medicine as a pre-hospital practice, the place of research and data and the role of competitors in assisting their own rescue.

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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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Podcast 3 - Interview with Dr Terry Trammell - Part I

January 16, 2014
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

January 16, 2014
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

January 16, 2014
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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