Podcast 24 – ICMS ACG 2017 Day 2

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 physiological demands on a race car driver
  • Return to competition following concussion in the motorsport context

The podcast

After recording this podcast I had further discussions with Fabian Berger about his Race Resource Management training embedded within the DMSB's International Medical Days training program. Apart from ongoing evolution of the training, which includes a strong focus on human factors education, the training program is open to anyone with a motor sport rescue background to attend. He sent the program's overview document which I have permission to publish on this site below, which includes contact details if you want to attend. Note that the closing date for applications is January 15th which is only 3 days away. The course itself runs from the 23rd February to 25th February at the awe-inspiring Nurburgring in Germany.

International Medical Days 2018 information PDF

International Medical Days 2018 registration form PDF

There was a third day day to the conference which I have not covered with a podcast summary. There were four quick presentations in the morning, the details of which you can see on the congress curriculum (https://icmsmotorsportsafety.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/AGM-PROGRAM-Curriculum-2017-v120117.pdf), followed by an afternoon that kicked off with a presentation and Q&A with exercise physiologist Dr David Ferguson and IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball on being a race car driver with diabetes and then a  hands-on series of workshops that covered extrication, fire suppression and airway and haemorrhage management.

Overall, the 2017 ICMS Annual General Congress was another good conference. While I found it a little muted compared to last year, this may simply have been the reduced novelty factor given that this was my second time attending. But don't pass up an opportunity to attend this conference, especially if you have never been. I've been talking to the people behind the organisation and there is some genuinely exciting work being done to progressively improve the content and format of next year's Congress and ensure that ICMS members are getting back what they put into the membership. So keep an eye on developments on the ICMS site over the coming year.

Resources and references

Note: I have no conflicts of interest to declare and receive no financial or career gain for any of the products mentioned or referenced in either the text or podcast of this post.

Podcast 23 – ICMS ACG 2017 Day 1 Part 2

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 replaced instead by Rob Seal who ran a Q&A session on the challenges and opportunities in motorsport medical education.

Here's the podcast

References and resources

The Gorilla video

My Jellybean podcast with Professor of Psychology Ben Newell on cognitive performance and strategies in stressful contexts is not yet published but I'll put a link here and send out an alert once it is. 

Note: I have no conflicts of interest to declare and receive no financial or career gain for any of the products mentioned or referenced in either the text or podcast of this post.

Podcast 22 – ICMS Annual Congress 2017 Day 1 Part 1

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 Racing Industries (PRI) trade show, at which you can find any piece of equipment for your race car or team, from seat covers to O-rings to telemetry recorders and 3D printed aero winglets.

The speaker program for the two days of the ICMS congress was well thought out with some very interesting topics. Each of this year's presentations was recorded by the ICMS and will be released along with the slide sets over the coming months via the ICMS website, so keep an eye out for those if you want to hear those presentations for yourself.

I have put together three podcasts which summarise the content of those two days of talks. There was quite a lot to get through and I've had to split the Day 1 summary into two parts (Podcast 22 and 23) and Day 2 (Podcast 24), which will be released over the coming weeks.

Podcast 22 - ICMS AGC Day 1 Part 1 (below)
Podcast 23 - ICMS AGC Day 1 Part 2
Podcast 24 - ICMS AGC Day 2

Day 3 of the congress was occupied by the Race Track Safety Program (RTSP) which was split into morning presentations followed by afternoon practical workshops on hydraulic tool use, fire suppression, extrication and a rescue demonstration by the IndyCar Holmatro rescue team. The highlight of the RTSP was an interactive session with IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball and Asst. Prof David Ferguson who detailed the steps that they took to understand and get Charlie's diabetes under optimal control and prove that with diligent management, diabetes is a condition that a motorsport athlete can live with rather than be defined by. It didn't hurt that Charlie scored an Indianapolis podium finish either.

Podcast 22 - ICMS AGC Day 1 Part 1

(The intro music sample is "I am a scientist" by The Dandy Warhols - https://youtu.be/R7hjm-ODUTU)
ICMS Congress Day 1 Links
Note: I have no conflicts of interest to declare and receive no financial or career gain for any of the products mentioned or referenced in either the text or podcast of this post.