All board members of the International Institute of Race Medicine are leaders in the field of endurance medicine. Many have over 30 years of practical knowledge in running these types of diverse medical programs, while others have dedicated their research careers to the field of sport medicine.
The road race industry has been witness to a tremendous amount of growth. Even during a down-turn in the country’s economic state, road races and individual athletic events have exceeded business expectations. Races and events are selling out in record time, the numbers of participants are reaching unprecedented levels. The total number of events held each year in the United States and in Europe has reached levels beyond anyone’s expectations. Road racing has now become a big business.
Running USA numbers indicate there are over 650 marathons, 1200 half marathons and 2500 10K’s. Add to those totals, an even higher number of events that include 5K's, triathlon’s and charity walks.
During this explosion of growth, we have also been witness to an hightened sense of concern for runner safety and emergency preparedness. The International Institute of Race Medicine, which started out with a small group of medical professionals interested in addressing this problem, realized that we needed to match the industry's growth – an industry that goes well beyond the borders of the United States.
As you will see in the various aspects of this new website, IIRM has a primary mission… that mission is to provide a central site of information for those interested in providing the safest possible environment for our athletes.
Our industry has no set standards of care, no means of collecting information and data, and no educational component to assist all levels of medical professionals, working or volunteering at these events. By no means is this website complete. What you are about to review is only the beginning. Future improvements rely on continued input from our members and others willing to share information.
Chris Troyanos, ATC
International Institute for Race Medicine
The American Road Racing Medical Society (ARRMS) was formed in October 2003 as a division of the American Running Association (ARA), and was designed to serve the road racing community in North America as an educational resource and medical leader for road races from the 5K distance up through the ultra distances..
ARRMS was the result of a vision of Bill Roberts, M.D., the Twin Cities Marathon Medical Director, Life Member of American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA), and the immediate-Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Over the first few years of ARRMS existence, it has established officers and a broader mission to enhance how road racing medical professionals learn and interact.
Dr Roberts envisioned that ARRMS would serve all medical professionals who work and/or volunteer at any size road race. It's mission will serve to educate the running industry, race organizers and the public about medical issues that impact the sport of running and road racing
Recently, our group has developed a partnership with the Matthew Good Foundation and the Good Family from the United Kingdom. Through their support and guidance, we have renamed our organization as the International Institute for Race Medicine.
Who should join the IIRM?
* As an organization, we believe that membership should be targeted to the various organizations hosting these endurance events.
* We hope that ALL medical volunteers associated with member event will take the time to review our educational videos, medical guidelines and other programs.
* If you are not a member of an event medical team, than individual memberships are also available.
Is the IIRM a for profit organization?
* No, we are not a for-profit organization. All membership dues and sponsorships will be used to maintain the website, focus on appropriate research studies and pay for IIRM expenses.
Membership, how does it work?
* Once your event becomes a member of the IIRM, then an event administrator will be chosen to manage your educational programs. Security codes will be provided to all medical volunteers and EMS support groups associated with your event. These codes will provide access to all educational material for a period of time.
* If you are an individual member, then the same access code will be provided, but with a limited number of viewing opportunities.
* Once I am a member (group or individual), how do I access the educational videos?
IRM membership has its rewards.
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