Motorsports Medicine encompasses a unique body of knowledge and a skill set that is not currently available in other medical subspecialty training. The present generation of motorsports physicians has learned the discipline through “on the job” training and years of mentoring from some of the pioneers in motorsports medicine. Conference attendance, discussions and shared experiences also contribute to their knowledge.
The first program of its kind, the Indiana University School of Medicine Motorsports Medicine Fellowship is a formal one-year program that provides a more universally accepted approach to the evaluation and treatment of high-velocity and ultra high-velocity crash injuries, race injury prevention and promotion of safety in the motorsports industry.
The training includes various types of motorsports disciplines to provide for the identification of principles applicable to all, as well as those unique to each discipline. The motorsports medicine fellow will not only be exposed to practical approaches to the evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries sustained by participants of the sport, but also to post-crash investigation and identification of measures to prevent injury and promote safety. Training involves coordination with multiple motorsports series to provide for diverse experiences throughout the industry.
The fellowship offers a unique opportunity to learn about various aspects of health care delivery during mass gathering events. Since motorsports involves spectators, medical directors of motorsports facilities are responsible for the care of spectators who become ill or injured at the facility. The motorsports fellow is trained in planning for the provision of medical care at racing facilities. This planning focuses on on-site care, identification of local resources for individuals requiring advanced management and interfacing with local EMS, public safety agencies and local hospitals.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway serves as the primary training site. A variety of other motorsports facilities are also used.