Partnership with Race Guards

SAN DIEGO, CA (May 5, 2016) – The International Institute of Race Medicine (IIRM) and Race Guards have formed a partnership to improve the standard of in-race medical support offered at road race endurance events.  The partnership brings together two organizations committed to ensuring the health and safety of race participants throughout the world.  

Optimal Hydratation

How important is hydration to marathon runner safety and performance?

What is exercise associated hyponatremia and why is it dangerous?

Can Too Much Exercise Harm the Heart?

With many of us contemplating marathons or other prolonged endurance events in 2016, we, our spouses and other family members most likely have wondered whether such strenuous training could be harmful to our hearts. Could any of us, in making ambitious resolutions, exercise too much?

Chicago Marathon Visit 2014

In October Dr Steve Mears, Dr Phil Watson and Tim Good travelled to Chicago to observe the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Chicago is seen as one of the leading marathons in terms of medical care and set up. Led by Dr George Chiampas, Chicago benefits from great local support and resources.

Heart attack, heat attack and brain attack

The Runner's World theme for this week is the marathon, so I will focus on the three most common causes of severe medical illness or death in the marathon; sudden cardiac arrest, exertional heat stroke, and exercise associated hyponatremia.

Tips for running in humidity

Runners often obsess over weather reports, tracking the coolest time of day in which to run. But as anyone who's ever tried to finish a five-miler in steamy conditions knows, it's not just the temperature that matters, it's the humidity.

Event Director Survey; Help Develop Best Practices for Medical Teams

This is a guest post from Steve Mears, a researcher in exercise physiology and sports nutrition at Loughborough University, UK. surveySetting up the medical care at a race can be a difficult experience with lots of “what ifs?” What if the weather is warmer than usual? What if there is a cardiac arrest? What if the water for the runners isn’t delivered? What if we don’t have an ice immersion tub? All of these scenarios and more have occurred and could occur at races in the future.  Even with the most careful and meticulous planning some scenarios just can’t be predicted.  However, with each passing year, organization increases as lessons are learned and changes are implemented to improve the medical set up. Many races have been running for several years, while others are just starting out.  As a collective, event directors can help each other by sharing their race practices; from their best advice to what they would like to implement ...