OK, this is my first video podcast, so it may not be up to the Scott Weingart or Mel Herbert standard, but we'll fire ahead regardless.

A little over a week ago I attended the FIA Institute Medicine in Motor Sport summit in Istanbul, where I had been asked to give a presentation on the assessment of concussion at motor sport events and the tricky issue of clearing competitors to return to play. It came out of work I'd been involved with through the CAMS National Medical Advisory Council, which is still ongoing.

Rather than let it end at the summit, I figure I should post it up on the Rollcage Medic site so anyone who couldn't attend can still watch it. Please feel free to leave any comments below and check out the show notes under the video for all the references.

Here it is:

Concussion in Motor Sport from Rollcage Medic on Vimeo.


Audio-only version (mp3 format)

Show notes

The Minomoya paper on patterns of motor sport injuries at the Fuji Speedway in Japan (full text):
Injuries in professional motor car racing drivers at a racing circuit between 1996 and 2000. O Minoyama, H Tsuchida. Br J Sports Med 2004;38:613-616

Papers questioning the validity of the "second impact syndrome":
Second impact syndrome or cerebral swelling after sporting head injury. McCrory P, Davis G, Makdissi M. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2012 Jan-Feb;11(1):21-3. (PubMed)
Deaths due to brain injury among footballers in Victoria, 1968-1999. McCrory PR, Berkovic SF, Cordner SM. Med J Aust. 2000 Mar 6;172(5):217-9. (PubMed)

Papers questioning the validity of "chronic traumatic encephalopathy":
Does football cause brain damage? Andrew H Kaye and Paul McCrory. Med J Aust 2012; 196 (9): 547-549. (Full text)
Amateur boxing and risk of chronic traumatic brain injury: systematic review of observational studies. Mike Loosemore, Charles H Knowles, Greg P Whyte. BMJ 2007;335:809. (Full text)

Paper looking at keeping American Gridiron players out of competition until full resolution of all concussive features:
Effects of a symptom-free waiting period on clinical outcome and risk of reinjury after sport-related concussion. McCrea M, Guskiewicz K, Randolph C, Barr WB, Hammeke TA, Marshall SW, Kelly JP. Neurosurgery. 2009 Nov;65(5):876-82. (PubMed)

The SCAT2 assessment tool (pdf file). It can also be downloaded as an app from iTunes (Yep, there's an app for that!)

The ImPACT website

The King-Devick website


After the chief medical officers seminar I met Dr Patrick Schamash, the Medical Director of the International Olympic Committee and a thoroughly nice guy, who informed me that the 4th International Consensus Conference on Sports Concussion had just been held in November and work has begun on drafting the SCAT3 sideline test.