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 ...