RESCUE-RACER is on track to become the biggest-ever research project about concussion in motorsport and could lead to major changes in the medical management of drivers in the UK and beyond. RESCUE-RACER (Research Evaluating Sports ConcUssion Events – Rapid Assessment of Concussion and Evidence for Return) is led by Watkins’ Scholarship winner Dr Naomi Deakin, with funding from the FIA and support from the University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and Neuro Kinetics Inc. Dr Deakin is supervised by Professor Peter Hutchinson, Chief Medical Officer for British Grand Prix.
RESCUE-RACER is formed of two studies.
CArBON – Competitor Assessment at Baseline; Ocular, Neuroscientific – is collecting brain images, assessments of cognition, saliva, and eye movements with a 3D-headset to find out how drivers’ brains function.
CARS – Concussion Assessment and Return to motorSport – uses the same assessments immediately after an accident, and then three times in the next three weeks. The programme aims to discover more about minor head injuries in motorsport and when drivers can safely return to competition.
RESCUE-RACER is based in Cambridge, but the study is open to all Motorsport UK competitors. CArBON is recruiting from the British Touring Car Championship and associated series, whereas CARS is recruiting worldwide. For more information see www.rescueracer.org or follow @RESCUE_RACER on Twitter.