Through the innovation of the Mobile Sports Medicine Systems, sophisticated mobile medical centers were introduced to motor sports in 1984 at the Formula One United States Grand Prix in Dallas, Texas. Mobile sports medicine equipment is now available directly to motor sport participants at numerous major events throughout North America. The Motor Sports Medicine Human Performance Center for Motorsports facilities consists of a Ford LA 8000 tractor with an attached 26-foot aluminum van body and a 48-foot Dorsey Trailer pulled by a conventional long haul tractor.
Among the modalities and devices in the Mobile Sports Medicine Systems Centers: Computers for individual medical history records and injury statistics and special programming to generate patient exercise prescriptions and nutritional programs. Video and audio programs that provide education for conditioning & rehabilitation and sport specific medical modalities. Diagnostic equipment and supplies for minor surgical procedures. Ultrasound and iontophoresis units as well as moist heat and cold therapeutic packs. A complete inventory of sleeves, braces, pads and splinting materials. Climate-controlled HVAC, ice machines, refrigerators/freezers and more makes these mobile units sports medicine clinics on wheels.
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The first motorsports event covered by MSMS and a Mobile Sports Medicine Center
was the United States Grand Prix held in Dallas, Texas in July of 1984. Some of the
drivers treated and consulted at the event include, Niki Lauda, Jonathan Palmer, Nigel
Mansell, Elio de Angelis and Ayrton Senna. Ayrton became an advocate for sports
medicine and safety in motorsport and was instrumental in the growth and direction of
the motor sports medicine program.
In October of 1984 the Mobile Sports Medicine Center was driven to the Las Vegas
Grand Prix and demonstrated for the Champ Car Medical Director and sanctioning body
officials. With the support of drivers Wally Dullenbach and Johnny Rutherford, a
dedicated trailer was constructed and the first full time traveling sports medicine
program was initiated 1985. The program was utilized at international races by having
equipment and personnel travel with the series to the "fly away" events worldwide.
In 1992 MSMS covered its first NASCAR Winston Cup event at Phoenix International
Raceway with the motorsports trailer and started construction on a newly designed
mobile sports medicine center specifically for NASCAR events. Championship winning
crew chief Jeff Hammond and Charlotte Motor Speedway President Humpy Wheeler
were early supporters of providing sports medicine coverage to the drivers, crew
members and racing officials participating in the three touring divisions of NASCAR.
As sports car racing continued to grow in popularity, MSMS contacted the management
of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) in 2001 with the concept of a
mobile medical program to provide sports medicine services at all the events in North
America. The program was used extensively and was 'merged' with the IMSA Safety
Team. Both programs were based from the MSMS mobile medical center or "Big Blue
Truck" as it was referred to by all involve with the series.
In May of 1988, a group of medical, scientific and educational professionals including
Don Andrews met in an auditorium at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and conducted
the first World Congress on Motor Sports Medicine. From that meeting the
constitutional guidelines were developed for the World Council of Motorsport Sciences,
which became the International Council of Motorsport Sciences in 1990 at the request
of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile). An Annual Congress has been
held each year since 1988 with numerous meetings being hosted internationally in
conjunction with the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety annual meeting.
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