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 ...

Heart attack, heat attack and brain attack

Loughborough University have started work on the collaborative race medicine project with the IIRM and the Matthew Good Foundation. Led by Dr Phil Watson, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, the project will run for a year with the aim of finding out about current medical practice at road and endurance races around the world. Dr Stephen Mears has been appointed to help coordinate the project. With the knowledge and expertise of the IIRM executive board, great strides should be made in developing best practice models and educational tools for common race scenarios including running related medical problems, race set up and equipment and personnel requirements.

Boston Marathon 2014

Over the Easter weekend, Dr Steve Mears travelled to the Boston Marathon to view the race medical set up. The weekend was very poignant and emotional for many of the medical team and runners after the traumatic events of last year but served to highlight the strength of the team involved