Foundation funds multiple events to receive education on
providing medical support on course
NORFOLK, Mass. (January 23, 2017) – Road races worldwide now have the opportunity to access invaluable information on providing medical care to their athletes through a grant awarded by the Matthew Good Foundation, in collaboration with the International Institute of Race Medicine (IIRM). The grant will allow up to 100 eligible events to receive a scholarship to become members of the IIRM for one year. During this time, all event medical volunteers, EMS partners, and area hospitals will have access to the resources provided in the member-only area of the IIRM website.
The site includes guidelines for treating multiple medical conditions, as well as samples of medical records forms developed by medical directors at the prominent marathons around the world. “We also have many educational videos that address topics related to race medicine and provide helpful instruction for those caring for the athletes on race day,” says IIRM Executive Director Chris Troyanos, ATC. “Recipients of the grant will not only be tapped into the resources on our website, they will also become part of a network of sports medicine professionals who share similar interests and can exchange information on best practices.”
Events from various countries and regions from around the globe will be considered, with seventy-five percent of all approved applicants coming from outside the continental United States.
“The Matthew Good Foundation stresses the importance for medical support education to reach all mass participatory athletic events,” adds Troyanos. “Therefore, in addition to road races [park runs, 5K, 10K, half marathons, and full marathons], we welcome applications from triathlons, trail events, swimming, bike races, ultra-events, obstacle course events, and charity walks.” And all recipients will be required to provide post-race event data in a 20-question format to be used in a comprehensive medical report showing trends in weather, field size, event types, and injury rates. “This document will further our understanding of what to expect and how to appropriately respond in order to promote ideal outcomes for the athlete,” says Troyanos.
RRCA members can find detailed criteria and application instructions in the "Members Only" section. For questions, please email Barbara Baldwin at email@example.com.
The Matthew Good Foundation (East Yorkshire, England) was founded in July 2011 with its initial project aimed at education and research into the issues surrounding the death of its namesake, who passed away in June of the same year while running for charity.
About International Institute for Race Medicine
The IIRM is a worldwide collaboration of medical professionals who are working together to further research, education, and medical best practices in marathons and other endurance events throughout the world. To learn more about the IIRM, go to www.racemedicine.org.