Benefits of Attending the Annual Congress
Scientific sessions lead to best practices
If you are interested in motor sport medicine, science, and education, the ICMS Annual Congress offers something for everyone. Join us to and you will discover firsthand how today’s research will improve tomorrow’s practice in motorsports.
Learn alongside the best in the field
Whether you’re looking for the latest information in the field or exploring opportunities to learn from the experts, the curriculum of the ICMS Annual Congress offers continuing education opportunities that are unsurpassed in motor sport.
Establish valuable networking connections
You can mingle with your motor sport colleagues, connect with the resources and tools that make a difference in professional development, and interact directly with the speakers in your area of expertise at the ICMS Annual Congress.
Get energized by the industry’s elite
Participating in the ICMS Annual Congress will expose you to different points of view and new ways of thinking. The Annual Congress, enhances the learning of new techniques and specific tips for applying them while strengthening your and strengthens your knowledge base of all motor sport sciences.
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ICMS Annual Congress
The ICMS ANNUAL CONGRESS will be held Wednesday & Thursday, December 6 – 7, 2017 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The goal of the Annual Congress is to inform the international motorsport community, the different scientific and medical disciplines, sanctioning body personnel, automobile designers and constructors, race team managers and drivers, and industry corporations interested in improving safety and performance for the motorsport participant and the highway motorist.
The conference curriculum is delivered in educational modules including medicine and
physiology, applied science, logistics and administration, and motor sport safety and will be
presented by the most experienced and knowledgeable practitioners from around the globe.
ICMS members have been instrumental in the creation of many of the life saving procedures and products used today in all forms of motorsport worldwide. Whether you’re looking for the latest information in the field or exploring opportunities to learn from the experts, the curriculum of the ICMS Annual Congress offers continuing education opportunities that are unsurpassed in motor sport.
Race Track Safety Program (RTSP)
Friday, December 8, 2017 will mark the third annual RACE TRACK SAFETY PROGRAM (RTSP) presented in conjunction with the Annual Congress of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences (ICMS). This event will take place during the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show at the Indiana Convention Center (ICC) in downtown Indianapolis.
The one-day seminar will consist of educational sessions as well as hands-on practical sessions and demonstrations geared especially for local short tracks, road courses, and drag strips around the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Small race track operations personnel, especially Emergency Medical Services and Fire & Rescue team members, will learn the most efficient and the safest procedures of responding to race track incidents from experts in the field.
Click here to registration for the ICMS 2017 Race Track Safety Program (RTSP).
Race Track Safety Team Demonstrations
Friday, December 8, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Some of the most experienced safety response teams in the world will demonstrate “how it should be done” during the RACE TRACK SAFETY TEAM DEMONSTRATION.
This Demonstration Event will feature experts in their fields delivering the latest in safety response for the benefit of all personnel responsible for on-track safety initiatives at various racing venues. Track owners/promoters, sanctioning body officials, track operations staff, team principals/managers, drivers, and riders will benefit greatly from the knowledge presented in these demonstrations.
The safety applications in this team demonstration will involve multiple racing machines such as sprint car, modified, dirt late model, dragster, street/strip, etc. for a broader understanding of how to provide the best possible response to a variety of racing incidents.
For more in depth information on the Race Track Safety Program click here.
The following list outlines the location, year and the summation of each ICMS Annual General Meeting from the current year to our inception in 1988. Click each date to view a synopsis of the event.
Thursday's program began with the PRI Breakfast featuring Indy Car Legend Rick Mears and NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon. Ethical considerations for motorsports physicians was the opening lecture followed by an overview of the James Hinchcliffe accident at the Speedway and the response of the Indianapolis safety and medical teams that handled the case. The Dan Marisi Memorial Lecture emphasized 'circadian shifting' used in motorsport during international travel and 24-hour events. Scientific Session Four presented a unique and cutting edge system outlining the benefits of digital fire simulation in motorsports followed by three separate discussions regarding the current status of motor sport medicine around the world.
On Friday, the extended RTSP began with the informative didactic series directed to first responders from racing facilities of all sizes throughout North America. Lunch with our guest speaker, Indy Car Driver James Hinchcliffe, was introduced as part of the expanded program and was extremely well received by the attendees. The Practical Training sessions in the afternoon included "hands-on" participation utilizing the latest tools available to the team members who respond to race track incidents. The finale was once again, the popular safety team demonstrations delivered by the industry's best motorsports response teams.
The first ICMS lecture on the following day was on preparations for a Formula One race delivered by F-1 Race Director, Charlie Whiting. Paul Trafford and David McManus, both MD's from the UK discussed their roles on the FIA and the FIM Medical Commissions. Presentations included pit crew injury stats and recovery programs, and motion sickness in rally co-drivers and navigators. Topics also included: the study of brain activity during driving with distractions, neck injury patterns in motocross, and research of the physiological analysis of specific aspects of motorsports. On Friday, the didactic portion of the new RTSP began with a description of the correct personal protection equipment, followed by an address on track safety and crew training programs. A presentation included the mechanics of safety response and an overview of track fire suppression. The hands-on practical training sessions covered helmet/head restraint removal techniques, spinal control during extrication and hydraulic cutting of roll cages. The Race Track Safety Team Demonstrations reviewed correct incident response to an open wheel race car by the Holmatro IndyCar Safety Team and to a stock car by the Canadian Motorsports Response Team.