Podcast 18 – The competitor’s perspective with Karl Reindler

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.

As always, feel free to leave comments or ask questions below.

Podcast 17 – Naomi Deakin and Research in Motorsport Medicine

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 who have clung to the tenets of evidence based medicine for their daily practice.

So, is no one doing any research in motorsport medicine and if not why not? Or is it out there somewhere sobbing gently in a dark and dusty basement craving the sunlight of publication?

Naomi and I discuss research in motorsport medicine (as opposed to motorsport in general) and try to unpick why there is such an apparent lack of it, the barriers to generating and disseminating it and spot some of the research hot spots coming in the near future.

The podcast was recorded using Skype with me in a back room at my parents house in Dublin and Naomi in her house in England. There are a few jumps and gaps throughout the recording and early into it my father decided to crack open his favourite movie score tracklist on Spotify in the room next door; but think of it as ambience.

Here's the podcast:

If you are interested in getting started in research in this field or have material that you want to get published somewhere, here are some starting points:

Motorcycle rescue sim from SMACC Dublin 2016

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 amongst many of the well run prehospital workshops was a session on motorsport medicine. It consisted of a motorcycle road race scenario played out by the MCI Medical Team (with whom Dr John Hinds formerly worked), followed by an expert panel discussion that covered topics such as the differences and similarities between civilian and motorsport prehospital medicine, impact brain apnoea and managing celebrity patients in the age of social media.

There is a lot of good stuff in here, so it is a well spent 36 minutes.

Here is the video:

If you just want the audio (but really, watch at least the simulated scenario), here it is:

These media were originally released via the SMACC website here: Motorcycle simulation - https://www.smacc.net.au/2017/02/motorcycle-simulation/