In addition to providing trackside evaluation and emergency care, the Medical Program had a goal of enhancing safety within our sport. The effects of concussion was a topic of great interest throughout impact sports. The Medic Rig had practical data that could add to ongoing research and saw an opportunity to contribute and benefit.
Medical Director, John Bodnar MD, asked Dr. Paul Reiman and Eddie Casillas to investigate, propose a program, and lead the integration of proactive defense against Concussion in the sport. The new Cognitive Testing was successfully introduced in the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro AMA Motocross Championship and made Mandatory in 2013 at the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Championship.
The program utilizes the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) neurocognitive test program, the same used my NFL Sports and many others. Today, All Athletes are now required to participate in baseline testing prior to receiving credentials for racing AMA professional Supercross or Motocross series’.