Through international conferences, training events and the distribution of global publications, the FIA Foundation has continued to contribute to the development of medical practice in motor sport in 2014.
One new project, which has been funded by the FIA Foundation’s Motor Sport Safety Development Fund, is the Serious Accident Study Group (SASG). The group’s main function is to collect data from National Sporting Authorities (ASNs) about major accidents that have occurred in races around the world. The group also helps to promote the highest standards of first-on-scene and emergency-response training.
As part of this commitment, the SASG is conducting regional based training events during 2014-2015. This is enabling a global cross-sharing of information that will improve medical response standards across the world.
The first regional training event took place in Singapore in October, with attendance from delegates across 14 countries in the region. Seminars were held by senior motor sport medical figures including Dr Michael Scholz, Chief Medical Officer of the German Grand Prix, and Dr Jean Duby, FIA Medical Delegate for the World Rally Championship. Subjects covered included road race event organisation and emergency rescue, along with detailed lectures on disincarceration and resuscitation. Participants also engaged in workshops where they could share best practice ideas and skills.
To further help with the dissemination of the latest medical developments, a new international motor sport medical journal has been launched. Entitled AUTO+ Medical, the digital publication reports on the latest developments in motor sport medicine and safety and is sent to motor sport medical practitioners worldwide.
This first issue focused on extrication, one of the most important areas covered by medical practitioners in motor sport. The second issue looked at the rise of electric motor sport and the new medical considerations that accompany that.
Professor Gérard Saillant, President of the FIA Institute and the FIA Medical Commission, said: “I believe that we can make even more progress in motor sport medicine through knowledge-sharing and this journal can help to achieve that.”
In research, a multi-disciplinary approach has been taken with support given to numerous engineering projects. This includes research into extrication, for which special extrication simulators have been developed, with tests involving a number of technological supports such as goniometers and MRI scanners.
With the support of the Motor Sport Safety Development Fund, the Foundation has been able to continue and expand its range of regional training events. The biannual FIA Institute Medical Summit is a vital event in developing medicine in motor sport by engaging the very best medical minds. Keynote presentations are given by experts from other leading sports bodies, making it an essential event in developing the best medical practices and fostering debate on crucial medicinal issues in motor sport. It forms a major part of the Foundation’s wide-ranging commitment to excellence in motor sport safety and medical care worldwide.