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ASMF to cover Gator Gauntlet Mud Run

ASMF will cover another mud run on Saturday May 26, 2012.  If you are interested in participating, please visit www.gatorgauntlet.com for more information.  Looks like a ton of fun!!
 

Swamp Dash Mud Run

ASMF will cover the Swamp Dash Mud Run in Gainsville, FL on Saturday April 21st. If you are interested in participating, please visit their website at www.swampdash.com.

ASMF at Mini O’s

The holidays flew by and got us a little behind on our updates, but we definately wanted to let everyone know what a great event mini O’s was. There were some amazing races with some amazing up and coming riders battleing it out for the trophys! Unfornately, there were also a lot of injuries. Make sure you are keeping up with all of the appropriate gear for injury prevention! You can stop by the rig any time for advice on what you should be wearing and doing to prevent injuries.

Also want to mention that the 50/50 raffle was a big success.  The lucky winner recieve around $600, some of which they donated back to us (thanks a bunch).  We plan to do it again next year so maybe the lucky winner will be you!

We can’t think of a better way to spend our Thanksgiving!! Happy and healthy riding for 2012!!

FTR Hare Scramble at Bostwick

On Oct 22 and 23rd the Florida Trail Riders association put on another great race in Bostwick, FL!!  Even Dr. Augustine couldn’t resist getting in on the action.  Dr. A and Danny (our Athletic Trainer) treated about 30 people during the event.  They make a great team!!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the gentleman who had to be taken to the hospital.  Unfortunately, having us there can’t fix all injuries on-site, but we do prevent a lot of ER visits.  Don’t forget we are always available to answer you questions about safety and injury prevention as well!  We also have some safety equipment available for purchase at our booth.  Happy and Safe Riding!!

Lake City FTR Hare Scramble

 

The Florida Trail Riders Association put on a great Hare Scramble Race a few weeks ago.  The event had a great turn out and was fun for all!  ASMF treated about 50 people over the course of the weekend.  Great job team!!!

Thanks for having us FTR and thanks for your support!  We also want to thank River City Dirt Riders for your generous donation.  Your support really makes a difference in allowing us to continue our mission.

Monster cup weekend!!

Monster cup preview

Biketoberfest

One of our favorite weekends for fun……BIKETOBERFEST!! Go to www.Biketoberfest.com for details.

Autographed Ryan villopoto Jersey

Autographed Ryan villopoto Jersey

Check out our online auction for supercross/motocross champion Ryan Villopoto’s autographed jersey.   Auction begins on Saturday Oct. 8, 2011 on ebay and will last 10 days.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get this great collectors item while contributing to a great cause!  All proceeds go to ASMF.  Thanks Ryan!!

“A Night with the Supercross Stars” huge success!!

Chad Reed takes time out to pose for a picture with some fans!!

Chad Reed takes time out to pose for a picture with some fans!!

  • Once again, “A Night with the Supercross Stars” was a huge success and a ton of fun…all for a great cause!!  By supporting this event, you helped us continue our mission to provide free on-site medical care for the action sports athletes of tomorrow!  We are so grateful for the support from this amazing community that is Action Sports!!
  • Thank you so much to all of the awesome celebrities that attended:  Blake Baggett, Justin Barcia, Kyle Chisholm, Ashley Fiolek, Tim Ferry, Matt Goerke, Chad Reed, Andrew Short, Ryan Sipes, Jason Thomas, Kevin Windham, Erin Bates, Erv Braun, Jeff Emig, Ralph Sheheen, and Chaplain Steve Hudson.
  • We would also like to thank our sponsors:  Platinum sponsors, Monster Energy Drink, Jacksonville Powersports.  Other sponsors:  Allsport Dynamics, Alpinestars, Aqua East Surf Shop, Atlantic MotoSports, Bliss Hair Studio, Champions Powersports, Chick-Fil-A Oakleaf, FMF, Honda of Jacksonville, Leatt Brace, Massage Envy, Moose Racing, Real Motocross.com, Road 2 Recovery (platinum sponsor), Scott USA, Shock Doctor, Spaceport Cycles, Step UP MX, Sunrise Surf Shop, Suntrust, and Thor.

Monster Girls

Monster Girls

Please continue to help support our foundation.  The economy has made it difficult for us to continue to cover events at the level we were in 2009 and 2010.  We rely on your help to continue our mission.  To donate, you can click on the donate tab on this website or contact Mindy Augustine at mindy@asmfjax.com.
To see a wrap up video from the dinner, including interviews with Dr. Augstine and the riders please click on the link below.

 

 

A Night with the Supercross Stars 2011

ASMF Third Annual “A Night With The Supercross Stars” Benefit Dinner and Auction

Action Sports Medicine Foundation

“A Night with the Supercross Stars”

Friday March 18, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Jacksonville Riverfront

7:30 pm

 

 

 

Please come join The Action Sports Medicine Foundation crew for a great dinner and a chance to mingle with some of the best Supercross racers in the world at the Third Annual “Night with the Supercross Stars” benefit dinner and auction presented by ASMF.  This is an opportunity to get to know the host racers on a more personal level – ask a burning question or get a photograph with and autograph from one of these phenomenal athletes. This unique dining experience is hosted by The Action Sports Medicine Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for the on-site sports medicine program that it provides at numerous action sports events nationally throughout the year.

 

As a guest for the evening you will enjoy a fantastic dining experience at the amazing Ruth’s Chris Steak House on the Jacksonville Riverfront. You will have the opportunity to bid on great silent auction items and to bid live on jerseys to be personalized by the attending riders! There is also a special opportunity to go on a exclusive track walk on Friday afternoon!

 

 

 

 

Through your participation, you will have the honor and privilege of providing support for all of the athletes and families that are touched by the on-site sports medicine services that ASMF provides free of charge. You will enjoy the prestige and good will associated with raising awareness and funds for the Action Sports Medicine Foundations much needed programs for the future. Please help support the program that supports the Supercross and Motocross athletes of tomorrow.

 

     

Registration Agreement for:

Action Sports Medicine Foundation

“A Night with the Supercross Stars”

 

                                               Guest Level of Participation:

 Gold level – dinner only:

[   ] Individual: $150

[   ] Table of eight: $1,100

 

 Platinum level – includes for each guest: dinner, Supercross club level tickets with Pit Passes, swag bag

 [   ] Package of four: $800

 [   ] Table of eight: $1400

 

Only 1 package of each available…get yours now!

 

Diamond level- includes for each guest: dinner, VIP tickets for Jacksonville Supercross, swag bag

            [   ] Package of four: $1000

 

            Only 2 packages available…call Christine today!!

 

I would like to add a track walk on Friday afternoon for $20:

Number of guests__________  @ $20 each

 

 

Tickets must be purchased by March 11, 2011.

 

Total amount enclosed: $____________

 

Contact Name: _____________________________________________

Billing Address: _____________________________________________

__________________________________________________________

 

Email: ____________________________________________________

 

Phone: __________________________ Fax: _____________________

 

Signature: _______________________________ Date: _____________

 

Please mail form & check to:

Action Sports Medicine Foundation

                        4624 Gerber Court

Jacksonville, FL 32210

or

 to pay by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover)

Contact:

Christine Chmielewski: (904) 899-3366 christine@asmfjax.com

 

501c(3) Tax deductible ID # 57-1160023

 

Night events include: Dinner, Live Auction, Silent Auction, Photograph session, Cash Bar, Live music with Down Theory

 

Miles of Miracles

Jimmy Button, former motocross champion, will cycle 2,428 miles from San Diego, California to Daytona Beach, Florida beginning February 20, 2011 benefiting Miles for Miracles. Miles for Miracles’ goal is to raise money and awareness for the very important research that is going on that could end the suffering a person goes through after having injured their spinal cord.

In 2000, Button suffered paralyzing injuries during a practice round before an AMA San Diego Supercross event. Through the help and support of family, friends, and doctors, he is one of the fortunate few to recover from a serious spinal cord injury. In memory of his 11th year anniversary since the accident, Button will ride a bicycle from the very location where he endured his tragic accident and continue for two months until he reaches Daytona Beach Florida, averaging approximately 60 miles per day.

“I am extremely fortunate to have recovered from such a serious spinal cord injury. I want to help others that have experienced this traumatic and debilitating injury, while also bringing awareness of spinal cord injuries to the masses,” said Jimmy Button. “I will be celebrating my recovery by riding for those who cannot. It has been a long journey for me to now be able to do this physically demanding journey, but I know that this will help bring hope to those that are trying to walk again through either inspiration or funds.”

 

  • Jimmy Button

Button began training nearly a year ago on an indoor stationary bike, building up his strength and endurance. August of 2010 was his first time on an outdoor bike since his accident. Though recovered, Button suffers from life-long injures that will provide additional obstacles during his ride.

Button’s accident caused damage to his nervous system, preventing him from feeling temperature and prohibiting him from sweating. Without the ability to sweat, it is difficult for Button’s body to regulate its internal temperature, especially in extreme hot or cold climates. During his cross-country ride he will have to medically monitor his temperature very closely, and his trainer Cory Worf accompany him.

People can support Button’s cause by donating to Miles for Miracles, or they can join Button on his cross country ride. Button’s goal is to raise $1 Million, which will be donated to Dr. Hans Keirstead, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anatomy and Neurology at University of California-Irvine Reeves Irvine Research Center in Southern California for continued research of severe spinal cord injuries.

There are multiple ways one can support Miles for Miracles. People can donate $5.00 by texting BIKE to 85944, which enters them in for a chance to win a 450cc San Manuel Yamaha motocross bike replica or a Sette bike, the same model that Button will be riding cross country. Donations of any amount can be made at www.milesformiraclestoday.com, or people can pledge $0.01 per mile, $24.28 per person.

People can also join Button for a day on the ride, for more details on how to join Button’s ride visit www.milesformiraclestoday.com/jointheride.asp. Follow Miles for Miracles on Facebook and Twitter.

Benefit Golf Tourney A Success

 

 

ASMF would like to thank Ronnie Monk for putting on a great golf tournament fundraiser for us. Ronnie has been a long-time supporter and friend of ASMF since our inception in 2003. He owns a MX driven race shop located in Dade City, FL called Six12 Sports. Check out his companies website at www.six12sports.com.

The tournament was a lot fun. Everyone got free buckets of range balls, free food and drinks, brand new golf balls, as well as tons of prizes given for lowest round, longest drive, closest to the pin, as well as a raffle and a silent auction for autographed pro motocross rider jerseys, helmets, and other riding gear. There was also an added prize for most beer drank which was added unanimously by all the riders about midway through the tournament. 

 

 The golf course was perfect for the these motocross guys, rough and kind of torn up. Where else could you find someplace to host a group of motocross riders with golf carts? All in all it was a very fun day. Everyone had a good time and were happy to help support the cause. $500 was raised at the event.  Six 12 Sports is planning on making the event an annual fundraiser.  Thanks to all who participated this year!

 

Winter Olympics 2010 Recap

Well…the weather was beautiful….and the racing was intense…..all in all a great week at Gatorback Cycle Park.  ASMF treated about 300 injured riders during the week…a high number, but everyone is going to be okay.  SPecial thanks go out to Dr. Beard and Dr. Edenfeld from the sports medicine fellowshio at the University of Florida.  The two wonderful doctors were a part of the ASMF team on Tuesday and Wednesday during the event.  They had the opportunity to see what we do first hand, and they jumped right in and became a great addition to the team.  They will take the experience they had at Mini O’s and share with their colleagues all that they learned about our sport and providing trackside medical care.

Many of you came together to help raise donations to us.  We have to thank OSR (Oil Spot Racing) for stepping up big time, heloping us achieve a level of fundraising that we have never been able to acomplish at this event before.  Also special thanks to Spaceport Cycles and all the riders’ families that met the OSR challenge by donating $2000.  Osr matched this donation on top of a matching donation of $5000 from an event wide donation campaign.  We cannot express enough gratitude to Beau Hudson and family and all at OSR racing out of Texas!!!  You guys are the best!

                      

Thank you to Unlimited Sports for a $1000 donation and many countless others.  Thank you!!!!

Thanks to Rodney, Jeff, and Wes fro pushing the donation chain!!!  It was a great week and holiday.

 

Christine

ASMF to provide medical care at the Disney Cup Fall Nationals

This weekend ASMF is heading down to Orlando to be the official sports medicine providers for the Disney Cup Fall Nationals, an ABA event that takes place each year in Orlando.  Here is some more information on the event:

October 13, 2010 – Gilbert, Arizona

 

The American Bicycle Association (ABA) is returning to Orlando, Florida, and ORL BMX, October 22-24, 2010, for the 4th consecutive year of the Disney Cup Fall Nationals.  This year the bicycle motocross race has even more significance than years past as it also carries International Cycling Union (UCI) points status. 

 

The International Cycling Union (UCI) is cycling’s International Federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and administers and promotes the development of the eight disciplines of cycling, including BMX.  Qualifications spots for each Nation in the Olympic Games in the discipline of BMX are determined by the UCI.  The rankings by nation are determined by the position of the three best male and three female riders from each nation in the UCI BMX ranking. 

 

Olympic BMX racers from the 2008 Beijing Games from around the globe will be in attendance at the event.  13 of the 32 male BMX racers who competed in the inaugural BMX event in Beijing are also in contention for the coveted ABA #1 Pro Title.  Olympic Gold Medalist Maris Stombergs (LAT), Cristian Becirine (ARG) Arturs Matisons (LAT), Robert de Wilde (NED), Raymon van der Biezen (NED), Ramiro Marino (ARG), Sifiso Nhlapo (RSA), Jared Graves (AUS), Marc Willers (NZL), Liam Phillips (GBR), Kyle Bennett (USA), Olympic Bronze Medalist Donny Robinson (USA), and Olympic Silver Medalist Mike Day (USA), are all Olympians who have raced previous ABA events.  Australian Olympic hopeful and past Junior World Champion Sam Willoughby is currently the ABA points leader.  With three national scores on the line in Orlando many riders will be looking to move up in the points chase.

 

In addition to the top male and female pros in the World, the event will draw some of the fastest and up and coming amateurs from around the United States and Canada.  These riders range in age from 3 to 76 and will be racing to amass points for titles in their age classes and the highly coveted ABA #1 amateur title.  It is anticipated that the weekend will see over 800 racers each day, attracting thousands of fans and spectators to the Orlando area.

 

Action for the weekend gets started on Friday with registration and practice taking place from 9:00 to 1:30 p.m.  Racing on Friday will begin at 3:00 p.m.  Saturday gets started with registration and practice beginning at 7:30 a.m. and racing beginning at 11:30 a.m.  Sunday, the gates open at 7:00 a.m. and racing begins at 8:00 a.m.  A day parking pass is $5 and there is no admission charge for spectators.  The pro practice will take place from 1:55 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday and 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. 

 

ORL BMX is located at 901 Ferrand Drive, Orlando, FL  32808, and is an American Bicycle Association sanctioned BMX race track. This family friendly facility is equipped with bleachers, rest rooms and a snack bar.  The track operates year round with practices held every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and racing currently held every Thursday and Saturday.  For more information on ORL BMX visit www.orlbmx.com or call the track hotline at 407-297-3589. 

 

About the ABA

The American Bicycle Association (ABA) was formed in 1977 and is headquartered in Chandler, Arizona. “The Sanctioning Body of BMX”©, the ABA organizes BMX racing for boys, girls and adults, nationwide and Canada. With 60,000 active members, 274 racing facilities and a 27 event national race schedule, ABA is the largest promoter of action sports.
 

 

 

ASMF Update from Branson MX Final

The weather was beautiful this year in Branson for the running of the Branson MX Final 2010.  We had 4 great days of equally great racing.  We would like to thank all those who donated and bought 50/50 raffle tickets to help support the foundation.  Sincere gratitude goes out to Ron Hendrickson and the NMA family for their continued support of ASMF.  We could not do it without you!!!

 

Special thanks to Kristina Miller, senior at West Virginia University, and Andy Burkhalter, medic from Waldo, Florida for volunteering at this event.  They truly are some of the best in the business.  Thank you both so much!

 

Here is an e-mail I received from a parent today …

 I just wanted to thank your staff for the wonderful care they gave to our son, Nicholas, at the Branson National MX race.  He is 9 years old and has been racing mx since he was 4 and had the worst wreck he’s ever had in Branson.  As a parent, I cannot tell you how relieved I was that you were there to check him out and make him feel better.  I don’t know the name of the gal that helped him, but I did take a picture and if you could thank her for me, as well.  He raced on Sunday and I was happy to let him knowing that he was ok and nothing was broken. Thank you again for being there to take care of our mx kids.
 
Linda Saiz
Lexington, Nebraska

 

More photos from Branson can be viewed on our media page.  We are looking forward to the Mini O’s in Gainesville in November.  See you soon!!

ASMF is headed to Missouri for the 2010 Branson MX National Championship

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Christine Chmielewski

904-899-3366

Christine@asmfjax.com

 

ASMF is headed to Missouri for the 2010 Branson MX National Championship

 

 The Action Sports Medicine Foundation and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation are proud to bring the ASMF Mobile Sports Medicine Unit to the 2010 Branson MX National championship for the third year in a row. The treatment facility will again provide sports medicine services such as taping and stretching as well as evaluation and medical treatment of injuries not requiring emergency room transport. The ASMF staff covering the event will be certified athletic trainer Christine Chmielewski and paramedic Andy Burkhalter.  The foundation will also have student athletic trainer Kristina Miller who recently completed an internship with ASMF this past summer. All of our staff is experienced with motocross sports medicine. In addition to providing on site sports medicine care, the unit will bring a new level and understanding of the importance of safety and health issues to the sport.

 

We are doing all this without sponsorship this year.  As we all know, the money in the industry is just not there.  Any input of ideas you may have to help us recoup our costs to continue to provide this service and grow the program would be greatly appreciated.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to the Road 2 Recovery, without them this year would not have been possible.  Thank you to Anita, Bob, Chuck and all the rest of the members and supporters of this incredible foundation.

 

 

The Road 2 Recovery Foundation is a 501-(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping the Supercross and Motocross athletes. One goal at the Road 2 Recovery would be to completely provide for a professional rider for the duration of their life if they are unable to generate revenue again. We can strive towards this goal with the help of everyone in the motocross community who is passionate about this sport. The Road 2 Recovery is out there to make our sport a better safer place.  www.road2recovery.com

 

The Action Sports Medicine Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality and availability of sports medicine to athletes participating in action sports. The foundation was formed in 2003 by Dr. Steve Augustine, and is based out of the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute in Florida. Our desire is to become a quality resource for athletes who are looking to receive sports medicine on-site services, and for the various health care workers who are looking to help provide these services. The primary sports that we will be serving are motocross, BMX, skateboarding, wakeboarding and surfing. Within this population, we will focus on the amateur athlete. Our goal is to enhance the level of on-site sports medical care at the grass roots level. In doing so, we can enable the athletes to maximize their capabilities and participation in their chosen sports. Secondarily, we feel confident that we can raise the level of understanding of these sports within the medical community, thus enabling other health care practitioners to better deal with the needs of this unique group of athletes. www.asmfjax.com  and   www.joionline.net.

 

Wrap up of Salt Lake City Dew Tour

Salt Lake City in September…beautiful.  The weather for this stop of the Dew Tour could not have been any better!  Sunny and a little warm…reminded me of home.  No rain delays here!  The stop was fantastic and the athletes were impressive as always.

Dennis Enarson picked up 2 first place finishes, at the BMX dirt course and at BMX park as well.  He was on fire!  

FMX made a full competition return at this stop with Taka Higashino taking the win!  It was a great night of competition.

Shaun White and Jamie Bestwick continue to take the winning positions on vert (skate and BMX respectively).

Chaz Ortiz, the young gun with all the ammo in SLC, took the win in skatepark.

Last, but certainly not least, the Gatorade Free Flow Tour finals took place in SLC.  On skate vert, my good friend Mitchie Brusco took the first place spot and secured himself a place in the competition to take place in Las Vegas in October.  I have been watcing Mitchie skate with the groms for the last 4 years, ans it is amazing what these kids can do!  I am so proud of Mitchie!  All of his hard work and lots of practice have paid off!!  Congrats to Mitchie “little tricky” Brusco and his dedicated family!

 

-Christine

Butler Brothers MX holds auction for ASMF at Dade City MX

                    

 

 

 

 

ASMF had a busy week as we headed out to Dade City MX on Saturday for a Butler Brothers MX silent auction to help raise money for ASMF, followed by coverage for the South Florida Motocross  Series held at Thundercross MX in Lake Okeechobee.

 

The silent auction turned out to be a lot of fun as we joined the Butler Brothers and Randy Yoho of Dade City MX for a night of racing and fundraising. We had a lot of great items being auctioned off on Saturday, such as autographed Andrew Short and Ivan Tedesco Jerseys and gear, X Games Best Trick Gold Medalist Kyle Loza autographed framed poster, goggles, helmets, gift certificates, as well as a Butler Brothers ‘09 Suzuki 450 bike. All proceeds went towards ASMF and our goal of providing higher medical coverage for riders and athletes at various action sporting events around Florida as well as around the country.

 

The following day ASMF went out to cover the 2nd round of the South Florida MX Series held at Thundercross in Lake Okeechobee. Unfortunately for everyone it was a busy day for the on-track medics and ASMF. The day was riddled with injuries that included a couple broken collar bones, a broken wrist, broken foot, and a concussion, to name a few. Fortunately, however, all injuries were non-life threatening and were able to be treated and stabilized by ASMF’s mobile medical team.

 

ASMF would like to thank the Butler Brothers, Randy Yoho and Dade City MX, Dean Dyess and Thundercross MX, as well as everyone who helped support us in our ongoing efforts to bring a higher level of care worthy of the many men, women, and children who are passionate about their action sport.

 

-         Danny Dongo, ATC/L

ASMF

 

    

    

 

KING OF WAKE 2010 WRAP UP

As the season has wrapped up for King of Wake, Jarod Root, part of the ASMF team, took some time and expand on the tour season.

 

First and foremost we want to thank a couple of people and organizations for making it possible. A combination of Dashe Orthopedics/Ossur, Steve McKool/Bledsoe, Nathan Shaffer, 4Front Biomedical, and Lark Medical made the ASMF presence possible at all the tour stops.  With their donations, ASMF was able to cover most of Root’s travel expenses.  

We first kicked off the season with Wake Games in Orlando and had quite the turnout in terms of injuries. It also helped raise the awareness for ASMF in the wakeboard/wakeskate community.  We then traveled to Acworth Georgia for the Pro Wake Tour Stop #1, and then back to the Lone Star State for the Pro Wake Tour Stop #2. This event was extra important due to the injury Dallas Friday sustained. Stop #3 was in Elizabethtown Kentucky and then out to the beautiful area of Reno Nevada for Nationals.  Nicola Butler took top honors in the women’s division and even gave me props on the podium for helping her through the injury she got on the first day of competition.  Wakeboarder Josh Palma and I ended up eating some pretty great Mexican food and Shaun Murray, Keith Lyman, and Travis Moye introduced me to a “Pizookie” from BJ’s. Colorado Springs Colorado for the Pro Wake Tour Stop #4 was the most beautiful stop of all due to the venue, weather and awesome backdrop of Pikes Peak.  Also one of my good friends I made on the tour, Nic Weinacker, and I ate some great food at Edelweiss while enjoying the Colorado Springs atmosphere. The last tour stop was in Knoxville Tennessee and this was the hardest. I was sick most of the time with fever and nausea but thanks to Bob Doughty and Dr. Augustine I made it through the weekend. To wrap up the successful season we headed back to Orlando for Worlds. Despite the rain and injuries to non-riders (Thanks JD) we had a very great and productive year!

 

People from the tour ASMF and I would like to thank personally for all the help with making ASMF feel a part of the community include but are not limited to the following great individuals:

-Chris Bischoff/Sean Dishman

-Meghan and Priscilla

-Dano the Mano/N.I.C.

-Joey Bradley

-Danny Thollander

-Josh Palma

-Shaun Murray

-Brian Sasser

-Danny Harf

-Andrew Atkinson

-JD Webb

-Olivier Derome

-Kyle Rattray(FREE RATTRAY!)

-Rusty Malinoski

-Phil and Bob Soven

-Brad Gearhart of Nautique

 

We can’t wait for next year!!!

 

Recap from summer interns- an ASMF experience

My internship with the Action Sports Medicine Foundation was an eye opener to a whole new aspect of medicine. By that, I mean action sports such as motocross, skate, surf, wake and BMX. Medical coverage of these fast paced, high impact sports is a must have for the safety of the athletes and a few spectators in some cases. It really is amazing how dedicated these people are to the cause and the safety of these athletes and all they have done for the sports world. They have dedicated not only their own time but spent their own money to ensure the best care for their athletes. Not many people realize what all the medical staff has to offer. I know from my experience this past summer with ASMF that they were able to treat hundreds of kids in just a week at a motocross event and save hundreds of thousands of dollars these people might have had to spend if they had to go to the hospital for every injury. I learned a great deal from the time I spent working with the ASMF staff and it wasn’t just strictly medical knowledge.  There was a ton of that I acquired from watching and all the hands on they allowed for their students. I cannot stress enough how great of time I had working with and learning from these people. Definitely the best experience I have had working as an Athletic Training Student because nowhere else will you be able to see as many injuries and have such good people to work with. They were all so willing to go the extra step and take the time to make sure you understand and were learning. I feel I have grown, not only my knowledge of medicine but as a person and a medical professional and would like to thank all the people I worked with again.  I encourage all people to get interested and involved in Action Sports and the people that take care of the athletes.  Don’t forget to thank them for their time and effort. 

Ryan Leibreich                                                                                                                              

Ohio University

Athletic Training Student

Every college students’ goal during their summer is to gain networking opportunities through an internship. I, like many others, had an amazing athletic training internship present itself this summer. My internship took me to stop on the Dew Tour, up and down the state of Florida covering motocross, and all the way to Oklahoma to cover an amateur national motocross.

My internship allowed me to work with the wonderful people that make up the Action Sports Medicine Foundation. I was given the opportunity to work with Dr. Stephen Augustine and his physician’s assistant Randy Fulford in the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute, JOI. I was tasked with ordering patients’ X-rays, prepping injection sites, and introducing patients to different rehabilitation exercises. Both Dr. Augustine and Randy kept me involved and made themselves available for me to ask an endless amount of questions. Another amazing opportunity I enjoyed was the ability to watch Dr. Augustine and Randy work in a surgical setting. Having the chance to see orthopedic repairs made several feet in front of me was a priceless experience.

During the week when I wasn’t in JOI with Dr. Augustine and Randy I was in the Rehabilitation clinics with Danny Dongo or Todd Furman. Todd was not only an athletic trainer but also a physical therapist. Todd worked with a variety of patients and with every patient he saw I was included in their rehab program. He allowed me the opportunity to watch his assessment and he was able to answer questions I had about physical therapy and biomechanical assessments that he performed. Danny also had patients with varying injuries. I was able to use my knowledge of modalities to assist Danny in his rehabilitation programs. Danny also shared his extensive knowledge of bracing with me and allowed me to help fit braces and change settings under his supervision.

On the weekends I spent my time working with “the glue” that holds the foundation together, Christine Chmielewski. Christine took me and another intern up and down the Florida motocross series where we were the medical staff that was trackside. Christine saw that we had the chance to use our athletic training skills in the motocross setting. Not only did she provide us with this amazing opportunity, but she invited us both on a stop at the Dew Tour. I had the chance to work in the Boston stop for Skateboard Open. I worked with some amazing athletes, met a medical staff made of varying jobs, and was able to use my knowledge and be a helpful hand.

The icing on the cake for this amazing internship was the chance to help cover Ponca City amateur national motocross as a part of the medical staff. I was able to help assist riders both on and off the track. I witnessed how important this foundation is to amateur motocross. While working the race and seeing how vital the action sports medicine foundation is to this sport made me proud to even be a part of it even if it was only for the summer. Thanks to the people at the Action Sports Medicine Foundation and this outstanding internship I have gained more confidence in my athletic training skills and realized what my career aspirations are.

 

Kristina Miller

 

 

 

 

    

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Athletic Training Student  

ASMF ebay auction starts today!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Log on to ebay today to put your bid in on autograohed pro jerseys to help raise money for ASMF!!  The exclusive auction starts on Monday, August 16 and runs for 10 days!!  Here is your chance to grab a terrific jersey for a great cause!

Autographed jerseys:

Grant Langston 2208 MX Championship- item #120608297478

Ivan Tedesco 2010 Supercross- item #120608294960

Jeff Gibson 2009 Arenacross- item # 120608292678

Martin Davalos- item# 120608289588

Josh Hill 2010 Supercross- item# 120608298195

Troy Adams- item# 120608288392

Greg Schnell- item # 120608288991

Josh Grant 2009 Supercross pants- item # 120608291366

 

Other items include:

Ivan Tedesco autographed and framed poster- item #120608298852

Pierre-Luc Gagnon autographed skate deck- item # 120608290519

Brand new O’Neal motocross racing helmet- item# 120608293065

 

DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASMF at Dew Tour-1st 2 Stops Recap

Well, summertime is here and that means I am off to the AST Dew Tour again.  It has been 5 years of exciting work being a member of the WMI core staff for medical coverage at the Dew Tour.  These athletes are incredible to watch and work with.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, what are you waiting for? 

The first stop of the tour this year took place in Boston, MA on June 25-26.  The iSF Skateboarding World Championships/Skate Open was held in the TD Garden.  All the best skaters from all over the world competed on the vert ramp and the skate park.

Standing in first place in skate vert in Pierre-Luc Gagnon followed by Sandro Dias and Andy McDonald.  Greg Lutzka took the win in skatepark followed by Ryan Sheckler and Chaz Ortiz. 

The second stop of the tour, the Nike 6.0 BMX Open,  took place in Chicago, Illinois on July 23-24.  Unlike the Boston stop, this event was held outdoors near Soldier Field.  Mother Nature was full on with soaring temperatures, a crazy thunderstorm on Friday, and of course, windy conditions.  This is what the staff and athletes endure while bringing an incredible show to all the fans. In BMX Park, Mike Spinner was phenomenal and took first place followed by Daniel Dhers and Garrett Reynolds.  At the dirt course, Brett Banasiewicz took the win follwed by Brandon Dosch and Luke Parslow.  On the vert ramp, Jamie Bestwick does it once again followed by Chad Kagy and Steve McCann.

 They will all compete to attempt to stay at the top of the overall points race in Portland, Oregon on August 12-14 at the Wendy’s Invitational.

You can check all all things Dew at wwww.ast.com.  Stay tuned for the live footage on NBC Sports from Portland!

ASMF is proud to be a part of leaders in action sports medicine.  We will continue to be on the cutting edge of action sports.

-Christine

ASMF headed to Ponca City for the GNC Final

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Christine Chmielewski

904-899-3366

Christine@asmfjax.com

 

ASMF is headed to Oklahoma for the 2010 Ponca City GNC Final

 

 The Action Sports Medicine Foundation and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation are proud to bring the ASMF Mobile Sports Medicine Unit to the 2010 Ponca City GNC Final for the second year in a row. The treatment facility will again provide sports medicine services such as taping and stretching as well as evaluation and medical treatment of injuries not requiring emergency room transport. The ASMF staff covering the event will be certified athletic trainer Christine Chmielewski and Jimmy Preuter, physician assistant Randy Fulford, Dr. Stephen Augustine and Dr. John Abbott.  The foundation will also have student athletic trainers Kristina Miller and Ryan Leibreich along for the experience. All of our staff is experienced with motocross sports medicine. In addition to providing on site sports medicine care, the unit will bring a new level and understanding of the importance of safety and health issues to the sport.

 

 ASMF is stepping up to lay out a new program that sets standards of care and medical protocols in place at the amateur national motocross events.  The local EMS crews will be in agreement with the promoter to adopt ASMF as the medical director of the event allowing ASMF to act as the higher medical authority and direct patient care for all riders.    ASMF will continue to provide a pre-event meeting, as we have in the past, to educate EMS crews of the protocols that will be followed during the event.

 

ASMF is rolling out this expanded service at the Ponca City GNC Final in Oklahoma in July 2010.  We have acquired the proper legal medical clearance for the state to provide this level of care.  We have set up meetings with the EMS crews to prepare for the week of racing.

 

We are doing all this without sponsorship this year.  As we all know, the money in the industry is just not there.  Any input of ideas you may have to help us recoup our costs to continue to provide this service and grow the program would be greatly appreciated.

 

The Road 2 Recovery Foundation is a 501-(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping the Supercross and Motocross athletes. One goal at the Road 2 Recovery would be to completely provide for a professional rider for the duration of their life if they are unable to generate revenue again. We can strive towards this goal with the help of everyone in the motocross community who is passionate about this sport. The Road 2 Recovery is out there to make our sport a better safer place.  www.road2recovery.com

 

The Action Sports Medicine Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality and availability of sports medicine to athletes participating in action sports. The foundation was formed in 2003 by Dr. Steve Augustine, and is based out of the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute in Florida. Our desire is to become a quality resource for athletes who are looking to receive sports medicine on-site services, and for the various health care workers who are looking to help provide these services. The primary sports that we will be serving are motocross, BMX, skateboarding, wakeboarding and surfing. Within this population, we will focus on the amateur athlete. Our goal is to enhance the level of on-site sports medical care at the grass roots level. In doing so, we can enable the athletes to maximize their capabilities and participation in their chosen sports. Secondarily, we feel confident that we can raise the level of understanding of these sports within the medical community, thus enabling other health care practitioners to better deal with the needs of this unique group of athletes. www.asmfjax.com  and   www.joionline.net.

 

 

MTF teams up with ASMF for a fundraising raffle

 

The great people of MTF have donated a year long membership to the exceptional Millsaps Training Facility to ASMF to raffle off.  The value of this membership is $17,000.

MTF aims to provide the ultimate in motocross training. All of the  programs include advanced technical, physical and mental training designed to help every rider reach his or her full potential. Everything they do is focused on helping each rider reach new levels of speed while remaining safe on the bike. Visit www.mtfmx.com for more inforamtion on MTF.
Raffle tickets are $50 each or 5 for $200.  Only 750 tickets will be sold.  The raffle is open to riders age 12-21.  This is a great opportunity for the ultimate motocross training experience.
Please contact Christine at christine@asmfjax.com or (904)-899-3366 to purchase your tickets today.
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Help Raise Money For ASMF-Easy To Help

What if Action Sports Medicine Foundation earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!

GoodSearch.com is a new Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!

GoodShop.com is a new online shopping mall which donates up to 30 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause! Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, eBay, Macy’s and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you’ll be supporting your favorite cause.

And if you download the GoodSearch – Action Sports Medicine Foundation toolbar, our cause will earn money every time you shop and search online - even if you forget to go to GoodShop or GoodSearch first! Add the Action Sports Medicine Foundation toolbar at http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/action-sports-medicine-foundation

1st Annual ASMF Benefit Poker Run: June 27, 2010

FIRST ANNUAL ASMF POKER RUN

JUNE 27, 2010

SCENIC RIDE STOPS INCLUDE WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, TIMBUKTU, HOWLING WOLF, HIGH LEVEL, AND REHAB

THE RIDE BEGINS AND ENDS AT WHITEY’S FISH CAMP

KICKSTANDS UP AT !!:00 AM AND LAST BIKE IS IN AT 4:00 PM

$20 PER RIDER/ $5 PER PASSENGER

DONATION INCLUDES RIDE, DINNER, LIVE MUSIC 

ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE ACTION SPORTS MEDICINE FOUNDATION

COME ON OUT FOR A GREAT DAY!

FOR EARLY REGISTRATION CONTACT CHRISTINE AT 904-899-3366 OR JON AT 904-608-5753

 

 

    

Fundraiser for the Conner Family to take place at North Florida Motocross

Long time Hilliard regular, new father, marine and all around good guy Timmy Conner was seriously injured while racing Lake Whitney, Texas in March. Next Sat afternoon, April 17th, at 4pm we will be hosting a fund raiser for the Conner family. It will include a 3 rider Team relay race at 5 pm, followed by fund raising Auction, followed by a Fish fry/BBQ… $10 donation per person at gate gets you in and everything else is free. Team race consists of 3 rider teams one minicycle(under 16 yrs) 65-105cc, one 125-250cc,one 450cc and up.(250 2 stroke can run either big bike class not both)Dead engine start minis go first 5 laps each.. big trophies for top 5 teams.
We have quite a few things to auction off like 2 sets of dunlop tires, DHR revalve, Milsaps goggles, 3 different motoconcepts jerseys, Red number one plate signed by James “Bubba” Stewart and lots more.

Supercross Dinner Tickets Now on Sale

Action Sports Medicine Foundation

“A Night with the Supercross Stars”

Friday March 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida

At Ruth’s Chris Jacksonville Riverfront

Please come join The Action Sports Medicine Foundation crew for a great dinner and a chance to mingle with some of the best Supercross racers in the world at the Second Annual “Night with the Supercross Stars” benefit dinner and silent auction presented by ASMF and The Road 2 Recovery Foundation.  This is an opportunity to get to know the host racers on a more personal level – ask a burning question or get a photograph with and autograph from one of these phenomenal athletes. This unique dining experience is hosted by The Action Sports Medicine Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for the on-site sports medicine program that it provides at numerous action sports events nationally throughout the year.

As a guest for the evening you will enjoy a fantastic dining experience with riders to be announced soon, bid on great silent auction items and the chance to win some great gifts that will be raffled off. 

 

Through your participation, you will have the honor and privilege of providing support for all of the athletes and families that are touched by the on-site sports medicine services that ASMF provides free of charge. You will enjoy the prestige and good will associated with raising awareness and funds for the Action Sports Medicine Foundations much needed programs for the future. Please help support the program that supports the Supercross and Motocross athletes of tomorrow.

 

Registration Agreement for:

Action Sports Medicine Foundation

“A Night with the Supercross Stars”

ASMF and Road 2 Recovery Foundation

 

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Jacksonville, Florida at 7:30pm

 

                                               Guest Level of Participation:

 Silver level – dinner only:

[   ] Individual: $150

[   ] Table of eight: $1,100

 Bronze level – includes for each guest: dinner, ticket to Jacksonville SX and swag bag

[   ] Individual: $250

[   ] Table of eight: $1,800

Platinum level – includes for each guest: dinner, ticket to Jacksonville SX, private suite access

                          and swag bag

            [   ] Individual: $350

            [   ] Table of eight: $2,500

                        *Only eight tickets at this level will be sold

Tickets must be purchased by March 17, 2010.

Total amount enclosed: $

Contact Name: _____________________________________________

Billing Address: _____________________________________________

__________________________________________________________

Email: ____________________________________________________

Phone: __________________________ Fax: _____________________

Signature: _______________________________ Date: _____________

 

Please mail form & check to:

Action Sports Medicine Foundation

             4624 Gerber Court

Jacksonville, FL 32210

or

Contact:

Christine Chmielewski: (904) 899-3366 visitchris@clearwire.net

 

501c(3) Tax deductible ID # 57-1160023

 

Night events include: Dinner, Raffles, Silent Auction, Photograph session, Cash Bar

 

ASMF Gives Durable Medical Equipment and Skateboarding Safety Gear

ASMF donated much needed durable medical equipment to “Operation Walk Haiti” with the help of JOI, Raven Transport, Baptist Health, ans Solantic in cooperation with the Florida Orthopedic Society and the Duval County Medical Society.

Skateborading safety gear was also donated, thanks to the fine folks at Skatelab.  Hundreds of sets of knee and elbow pads as well as helmets were sent to Haiti too.  Thanks to Skatelab!

2nd Annual “A Night With the Supercross Stars” dinner and silent auction to take place on Friday, March 26, 2010

“A Night with the Supercross Stars”

Friday March 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida

At Ruth’s Chris Jacksonville Riverfront

Please come join The Action Sports Medicine Foundation crew for a great dinner and a chance to mingle with some of the best Supercross racers in the world at the Second Annual “Night with the Supercross Stars” benefit dinner and silent auction presented by ASMF and The Road 2 Recovery Foundation.  This is an opportunity to get to know the host racers on a more personal level – ask a burning question or get a photograph with and autograph from one of these phenomenal athletes. This unique dining experience is hosted by The Action Sports Medicine Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for the on-site sports medicine program that it provides at numerous action sports events nationally throughout the year.

As a guest for the evening you will enjoy a fantastic dining experience with riders to be announced soon, bid on great silent auction items and the chance to win some great gifts that will be raffled off. 

 

Through your participation, you will have the honor and privilege of providing support for all of the athletes and families that are touched by the on-site sports medicine services that ASMF provides free of charge. You will enjoy the prestige and good will associated with raising awareness and funds for the Action Sports Medicine Foundations much needed programs for the future. Please help support the program that supports the Supercross and Motocross athletes of tomorrow.

 

Registration Agreement for:

Action Sports Medicine Foundation

“A Night with the Supercross Stars”

ASMF and Road 2 Recovery Foundation

 

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Jacksonville, Florida at 6pm

 

                                               Guest Level of Participation:

 Silver level – dinner only:

[   ] Individual: $150

[   ] Table of eight: $1,100

 Bronze level – includes for each guest: dinner, ticket to Jacksonville SX and swag bag

[   ] Individual: $250

[   ] Table of eight: $1,800

Platinum level – includes for each guest: dinner, ticket to Jacksonville SX, private suite access

                          and swag bag

            [   ] Individual: $350

            [   ] Table of eight: $2,500

                        *Only eight tickets at this level will be sold

Tickets must be purchased by March 10, 2010.

Total amount enclosed: $

Contact Name: _____________________________________________

Billing Address: _____________________________________________

__________________________________________________________

Email: ____________________________________________________

Phone: __________________________ Fax: _____________________

Signature: _______________________________ Date: _____________

 

Please mail form & check to:

Action Sports Medicine Foundation

             4624 Gerber Court

Jacksonville, FL 32210

or

Contact:

Christine Chmielewski: (904) 899-3366 visitchris@clearwire.net

 

501c(3) Tax deductible ID # 57-1160023

 

Night events include: Dinner, Raffles, Silent Auction, Photograph session, Cash Bar

 

Silent Auction Items Needed..please help!!

Please help support the Second Annual ASMF Silent Auction on Friday, March 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. The auction will be held at the “Night with the Supercross Stars” benefit dinner which will take place the night before the Jacksonville Supercross Race. We are asking for donations of action sports items or other noteworthy memorabilia as well as gift certificates, vacation packages, product gift packages, etc… to be included in the Auction.
 
All proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the Action Sports Medicine Foundation Programs – such as onsite Sports Medicine event coverage and Action Sports Research.

 


If you are able to donate or solicit for donation any of the items mentioned above, you may contact Mindy Augustine at (904) 424-7730 or at
mdaugustine@comcast.net or Christine Chmielewski at (904) 899-3366 or at visitchris@clearwire.net.

Please do not hesitate to call or email either of them with questions or concerns.

 

If you haven’t registered for the benefit dinner yet please call Christine at (904) 899-3366 for more information.
 
Hope to see you in Jacksonville!

 
 

2nd Annual “A Night with the Supercross Stars” Dinner and Silent Auction

      Action Sports Medicine Foundation

 

“A Night with the Supercross Stars”

Friday March 26, 2010

 Jacksonville, Florida

 

Sponsorship Opportunity

 

Please help support the Action Sports Medicine Foundation programs and numerous volunteers by sponsoring the Second Annual “Night with the Supercross Stars” benefit dinner and silent auction. This unique dining experience is hosted by The Action Sports Medicine Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for the on- site sports medicine program that it provides at numerous action sports events nationally throughout the year, most notably - the Amateur Motocross Nationals as well as the sports medicine research the foundation performs related to action sports.

 

 

Through your participation, you will have the honor and privilege of providing support for all of the athletes and families that are touched by the on-site sports medicine services that ASMF provides free of charge. In addition to the marketing benefits, you will enjoy the prestige and good will associated with raising awareness and funds for the Action Sports Medicine Foundation much needed programs into the future.

 

 

Sponsor Agreement for:

Action Sports Medicine Foundation

“A Night with the Supercross Stars”

 

 

Level of Participation

 

[  ] Diamond Sponsor - $2500

            Includes: Logo/name on sponsored table; sponsor recognition in press releases; sponsor logo/name on website for 1 year; sponsor recognition in local publicity efforts; opportunity to contribute promotional items for swag bags; eight (8) dinner tickets and eight (8) Jacksonville Supercross tickets

 

[   ] Platinum Sponsor - $1000

            Includes: Logo/name on sponsored table; sponsor recognition in press releases; sponsor logo/name on website for 6 months; sponsor recognition in local publicity efforts; opportunity to contribute promotional items for swag bags

 

[   ] Gold Sponsor - $750

            Includes: Sponsor recognition in local publicity efforts; sponsor recognition in press releases; sponsor name/logo on website for 3 months; opportunity to contribute promotional items for swag bags

 

[   ] Silver Sponsor - $500

            Includes: Sponsor recognition in local publicity efforts; sponsor recognition in press releases; opportunity to contribute promotional items for swag bags

 

[   ] Bronze Sponsor - $250

            Includes: Sponsor recognition in local publicity efforts; opportunity to contribute promotional items for swag bags

 

Sponsor Individual or Company Name: __________________________________________

                                 (As it is to appear within all advertising/media, please email logo to Christine)

 

Total amount enclosed: $

Contact Name: _____________________________________________

Email: ____________________________________________________

Phone: __________________________ Fax: _____________________

Signature: _______________________________ Date: _____________

 

 

 

Please make checks payable to: Action Sports Medicine Foundation and mail to: 4624 Gerber Court

Jacksonville, FL 32210.If you have any questions please call Christine at (904) 899-3366 or email her at visitchris@clearwire.net  for more information.

 

Please visit the Action Sports Medicine Foundation website at: www.asmfjax.com

For tax purposes our Internal Revenue Service EIN is 57-1160023

The mission of ASMF is to enhance the quality and availability of sports medicine care to athletes participating in action sports events.

End of 2009…3 Amateur Nationals back to back

Mini O's Supercross start gate

Mini O

Wow….2009 went out in a flash.  With the rescheduling of Branson into November, the last 3 amateur nationals for ASMF were back to back.  From Branson, we arrived back in Florida for the Mini O’s, and then went directly to Arizona for the Amateur Open!  Here are some pics from the whirlwind ending of 2009!

Amateur Open 09
Amateur Open 09
Amateur Open 09 Arizona
Amateur Open 09 Arizona
on track and off ASMF
on track and off ASMF

ASMF hopes to find some sponsors to help get us to the amateur nationals again this year.  Anyone interested in helping us achieve this goal?  Please contact Christine directly at visitchris@clearwire.net or 904-899-3366.

We are back from Branson USA…thanks to Bubba Wright!

ASMF would like to send a special thank you to Bubba Wright of American Muffler in Valdosta, Georgia. On our way up to Branson, we had some ongoing issues with our muffler and exhaust pipe on the mobile medical unit. Bubba was absolutely wonderful and totally hooked us up!! He was able to repair our exhaust pipe, and told us it was on him!! There are so many wonderful people out there, and they always seemto appear when you least expect it!!! Thank you Bubba!!!

Here are some pictures from the event!! Enjoy!

Motocross vs Harescramble vs Endurocross

Kirt Lynch of Atlantic Moto Sports has come up with this unique racing experience that will take place this winter in an eight race series! The Florida Gran Prix has a mission statement:

To bring an innovative series to florida by uniting Motorcross and Hare scramble racing with a focus on community, competition and creativity in addition to promoting the Action Sports Medicine Foundation.

Get all the information about the series at www.floridagrandprix.net

Motocross vs Harescramble vs Endurocross

The Florida Gran Prix event will be a unique racing experience! The event is designed to bring an innovative series to Florida by uniting motocross and hare scramble racing with a focus on community, competition, and creativity in addition to promoting the Action Sports Medicine Foundation. The series is the brainchild of Kirt Lynch of Atlantic Moto Sports.

Hard Rock Cycle Park
November 21st Saturday - Practice ($25.00)
November 22nd Sunday- Race (Pre-Entry $40 - At Event $50)

Time Classes Age Backgrounds
8:00 to 8:45
85cc / A,B,C 10-11,12-13 , 14-15 WHITE
65cc A, B, C 7-9-, 10-11 GREEN
9:00 to 10:00
125 + 250f/A,B,C 13-16 , 17-24 BLACK
OPEN /A, B, C 13-16, 17-24 YELLOW
WOMEN’S 9-12, 13-UP BLUE
VINTAGE, EVOLUTION 13-UP RED
VET BACK 35-39 RED
10:15 to 11:00
SER. B,C 40-44 GREEN
S.SER. B.C 45-49 WHITE
MASTER B,C 50+ BLUE
250-500 2T A,B 25-35 BLACK
250 F B,C 25-35 BLACK -F
OPEN B,C 25-35 YELLOW
11:15 to 12:10
50cc A 7-8
50cc B 4-6
50cc C oil 4-8
50-QUAD 4-8
12:10 to 12.25 Intermission
Theme Show, Ugliest Bike, Golf Cart Race, Scooter Race, Slowest Bike
12:30 to 2:00 Pro
AA 18 + RED
All Vet A 35-39 RED
SER A 40-44 GREEN
S.SER.A 45-49 WHITE
MASTER A 50 + BLUE
125-225 A 16 + BLACK
250 A 16 + GREEN - A
OPEN A 16 + YELLOW
2:15 to 3:00 - Quads
B,C Junior 16+ WHITE
30 + B,C 30+ RED
WOMEN A,B,C 16+ BLUE
WOMEN A,B,C 35+ BLUE -V
VET B,C 35+ RED – V
SER. B,C 40 + BLACK
S.SER B,C 45 + BLACK – X
MASTER A,B,C 50 + BLUE
3:15 to 4:30 - Quads
AA 18+ RED
200-350 A 18+ YELLOW
OPEN A 18+ WHITE
VET A 35+ RED
SER. A 40+ BLACK
S. SER.A 45+ BLACK - X
UPCOMING EVENTS

November 29
LAKE CITY

December 20
WALDO

December 27
LCROSS

January 9
THUNDERCROSS

Febuary 14
BROOKSVILLE

(Pending)

Febuary 26
HARD ROCK

For all the information on the series please visit www.floridagrandprix.net

CHECK OUT THE TRACKS

The Action Sports Medicine Foundation steps up on site medical coverage at ABA Disney Cup Fall Nationals

The Action Sports Medicine Foundation (ASMF) will be present during the entire weekend of the ABA Disney Cup Fall Nationals providing racers an elite standard of onsite medical care. The ASMF staff consists of Orthopedic Surgeons, Physician Assistants, and Athletic Trainers with 40 plus years combined experience working in Action Sports medicine. Racers will have access to ASMF’s medical rig which is capable of x-ray, stitches, casting, taping, and supplies normally found in an ER or Athletic Training room.
“Years of covering the Dew Tour, Woodward camps, and AMA Supercross and Motocross races plus having the majority of our staff actually participating in Action Sports are two examples that go a long way in earning these athletes trust,” states Eddie Casillas AT, “athletes consistently tell us they are more at ease when one of our staff is helping them after a fall.”
The Action Sports Medicine Foundation
The Action Sports Medicine Foundation is a nonprofit foundation whose mission is to enhance the quality and availability of sports medicine to athletes participating in Action Sports. The foundation was formed in 2003, and is based in Jacksonville, Florida.
For further information about the foundation or to find our how you can help please visit ASMFjax.com.

Mountainboarding in Cali

6th Annual

Nate Harrison Grade Ultimate Downhill Mountainboarding Race
(NHG-7)

Where: Nate Harrison Grade, Palomar Mountain, CA - Take 15 Freeway North towards Temecula. Exit at Highway 76, go right or east. Follow 76 about 12 miles, past Pala Casino, past Pauma Valley Casino. After Cole Grade Road, make a left on Nate Harrison Grade and follow to the start of dirt road.

When: Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 10:00 A.M.

What: Official Guinness Longest Mountainboarding Race in the World! Riders will bomb, carve, and just try to stay in one piece as they compete for the fastest run down Nate Harrison Grade, a 7 mile fire road in Valley Center. Last years race set and now holds the Guinness World Record for The Longest Mountainboarding Race! Can anyone beat Kody down the mountain (7 miles in 18:56 - You do the Math)? Are there ANY youth willing to race against 9 Year Old Daymein Hertenstein? Who will be this year’s Queen of The Grade? Will “Once Undefeated 4-Time King of The Grade - Krazy Chris Kidwell from Hooterville” come back to regain the title? Will YOU be there?

Who: Organizers - Mark Hertenstein

Brad Beren

Sponsors - Hooterville

Allied Board Shop

Boostamonte Mountainboarding

Center Apparel

Ciremele Surveying

Dirtheads Mountainboarding

EON-H Water

Hardrew-Corp

Kicker Audio

Good Neighbor Tattoo Shop

Go Pro Hero Cameras

Gravity Skateboards

Mini 4 SX

Riders For Life Clothing

San Marcos Chiropractic

Shakka Clothing

SRH Clothing

Twin Oaks Gallery

X Corps TV

Riders - Krazy Kris Kidwell

Daymein Herstenstein

Kody Stewart

Akoni Kama

Brad Beren

Ben Selinger

Neil Selinger

Genaro Sepulveda

Mike Kintanar

Matt Jordan

Trent Stewart

Ted Frelke

Mark Loveicchio

Doug Skinner

Media - San Diego Union Tribune

North County Times

SD Reader

Planet X Television

X Corps TV

Goloza Sports Magazine

The Boulevard Magazine

Tim Hardy Photography

Joe Hamilton Photography

Other: No Entry Fees, Open to All, Hotels and Camping close by, Questions - boostamonte@gmail.com or nhg_race@yahoo.com

ASMF Team Educates On-Track Medical Personnel at Amateur Nationals and Local Motocross Tracks in Proper Removal of Safety Gear

As the Action Sports Medicine Foundation makes it’s way across the country to eight amateur national motocross races, they are sharing their knowledge and experience with medical personnel about the proper removal of safety gear such as the Leatt brace and helmets using the Shock Doctor Eject system.

The Eject Helmet Removal System is a unique and advanced safety system that allows for the quick emergency removal of a helmet, helping to prevent a possible increase in neck and spine injuries to a racer. A serious neck injury may not be easily detected in an injured rider. The Eject Helmet Removal System has become the new standard of care for removing motocross helmets. Proper training on how to use this invaluable device has been occurring around the country with the help of the ASMF team. ASMF holds a safety meeting before every race that we are at. This allows the local medical and on-track medical teams to practice and ask questions about the use of this amazing device.

WE also practice the proper removal of neck braces, which have become a very commonly used piece of safety gear. The Leatt-Brace(R) GPX Sport is an injection molded glass reinforced nylon and carbon fiber neck brace system designed by medical professionals and motorcycle enthusiasts to help prevent the following extreme movements:

  • head, foward - HyperFlexion
  • head, rearward - HyperExtension
  • head, sideways - Lateral HyperFlexion
  • spinal column compression - Axial loading, due to the effect of force on the helmet
  • head/helmet, rearward on the neck - Posterior HyperTranslation

Proper removal of this device must be practiced as well. Understanding this procedure before you get on the track is essential. ASMF is there to educate medical professionals who will encounter this device on an injured rider.

Ashley Fiolek clinches 2009 WMX Championship

September 5, 2009 (Pittsburgh, PA) – Ashley Fiolek, the 2009 X Games Women’s Moto-X Gold Medalist and 2008 AMA Women’s Motocross Champion put in a courageous ride to clinch the 2009 WMX Championship today at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, PA. Less than a day after throwing out the first pitch at a Pittsburgh Pirates home game at PNC Park, Fiolek lined up against the best women motocross racers in the country for the finale of the AMA Women’s Motocross Championship.

Going into this race with a 41-point lead in the Championship standings, the 18-year-old deaf athlete needed to finish eleventh or better in the first moto to wrap up the 2009 title. After qualifying fastest, Fiolek got off the line in sixth but quickly worked her way into second as her Championship rival, Honda-mounted Jessica Patterson, held a strong lead. Ashley settled into a comfortable pace to ride for the Championship points, but that all changed when she cross-rutted on the back side of a large tabletop jump.

Fiolek took a hard hit as her Honda CRF250R tumbled end-over-end in the dramatic crash. The Honda was still running on the ground as Fiolek ran to the downed motorcycle, but upon picking it up, she felt a sharp pain in her collarbone. She remounted and continued on, not knowing that her collarbone was broken.

“When I crashed, I knew I had to get back up and keep going,” commented the bandaged Fiolek after the race. “I was in a lot of pain, but I couldn’t let my team or fans down.”

Fiolek slowly worked back up to speed and was soon clearing all the big jumps, despite her broken collarbone. She finished seventh in the moto, which gave her enough points to secure the 2009 Women’s Motocross Championship.

“My team and I worked so hard this year, and I am thrilled to win the Championship,” said Fiolek after the race. “I have to thank Honda Red Bull Racing for their incredible support throughout this season.”

Fiolek now travels home to Florida where Dr. Steve Augustine of the Action Sports Medicine Foundation and Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute will perform surgery on the collarbone in Jacksonville on Wednesday, September 9.

About Ashley Fiolek
Born profoundly deaf, Ashley began riding and racing motorcycles at age seven and worked her way up the amateur motocross ranks. In 2004, at the age of 13, she won her first national championship at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s. Between 2005 and 2007 she went on to win 12 more national championships and more than 100 races.

2008 marked Ashley’s first full season as a professional and she competed in select world championship rounds in Europe and won the AMA/WMA Women’s Professional Motocross Championship. 2009 has seen Fiolek win the X Games Women’s Moto-X Gold Medal and the AMA Women’s Motocross Championship. Ashley is proudly supported by: American Honda, Red Bull, T-Mobile Sidekick, Alpinestars, Leatt Brace, Vans, Rockwell Watches, Moto Endurance, Airoh and Smith. For more information about Ashley, see: www.ashleyfiolek.com.

ECRA Pro-Am SX- Daytona

ECRA Pro-Am SX Round 1 Report

Kevin Johnson, Ricky Renner and Casey Hinson Take Wins

Daytona Beach, FL – Round One of the new ECRA Florida Pro-AM SX Series was held last weekend at the Ocean Center Stadium on Daytona Beach, Pro racers - Kevin Johnson, Ricky Renner, and Casey Hinson along with amateur racing star Adam Cianciarulo took home top honors.

Despite the many racing options available over the Labor Day weekend the ECRA Pro-AM Supercross pulled in good first time showing of close to 200 riders and 1500 + spectators. The six-lane supercross-style track was a great new challenge for many amateur racers and played host to some competitive pro racing in the evening.

The daytime program Amateur winners included:
50cc (4-6) Bryce Costonguay COB Summerfield, Florida
50cc (4-8) Marc Gonzales POL Land O Lakes, Florida
50cc (7-8) Marc Gonzales POL Land O Lakes, Florida
65cc (7-9) Colton Eigenmann KTM Titusville, Florida
65cc (10-11) Hannah Hodges KTM Deland, Floirda
Women A Victoria Pearce Yam New Port Richey, Florida
Women B Serratia Gonzalez
85cc (9-11) Colton Eigenmann KTM Titusville, Florida
85cc (12-15) Adam Cianciarulo Kaw Port Orange, Florida
SuperMini Adam Cianciarulo Kaw Port Orange, Florida
125 Novice Daua Andreoli Hon Boca Raton, Florida
250 Novice David Sanderson Yam Ovieda, Florida
Opn Novice David Sanderson Yam Ovieda, Florida
Vet A Daniel Rhodes Yam Curay, South Carolina
Vet B Brent Driscoll Hon Sanford, Florida
Vet C David Wells Hon Winter Garden, Florida
Senior B James Nagy Suz Port Orange, Florida
Senior C Henry Camejo Hon Miami, Florida
Quad A Jeffrey Rastrelli Suz Palm City, Florida

The amateur class winners were invited to participate in the opening ceremonies of the night show. They were honored in a parade lap. The show also had announcers (Paul Lindsey and John Vedas), special guest (Tyler Evans), and Miss Sea Breeze Gracie Winchester ( who sang the National Anthem), arrive in the stadium in a Ford F650. Top racers were announced in a special, excitement-building presentation and the evening’s racing did not disappoint the fans.

First up were the B class races where Kyle Goerke (Matt Goerke’s brother) won both the 250 and Open while Brandon Westberry won the 125 class. The main event saw X Games Gold Medalist Kevin Johnson took home a win in the 250 Pro Class while Ricky Renner dominated the Open and 125 A classes. Unfortunately, Hart and Huntington’s Matt Boni injured himself in qualifying taking him out of the running for the main event. He and Johnson were the only two racers that could triple-triple the rhythm section.

The Dash for Cash intermission race was one of the most exciting of the evening. Boni didn’t want to let down the fans so he made the brief event. Casey Hinson, being rooted on by a very colorful Tyler Evans (who throughout the night took off his shirt and at another time broke his pit board over his knee), pulled a race-winning block pass move on Boni to grab the cash prize.

Top 5 Results:
250 A
1. Kevin Johnson Kaw
2. Oscar Diaz Hon
3. Joey Rossi KTM
4. Derek Hall Hon
5. Dave Ginolfi Suz

Open A
1. Ricky Renner Kaw
2. Derek Hall Hon
3. Oscar Diaz Hon
4. Joey Rossi KTM
5. Matthew Johnson Kaw

125 A
1. Ricky Renner Kaw
2. Kevin Johnson Kaw
3. Dave Ginolfi Suz
4. Casey Hinso Kaw
5. Taylor McDonald Hon

Next Race - Round 2: Oct 31 - Ocean Center, Daytona, Florida SPECIAL HALLOWEEN themed activities! For Complete Race Results and More Race Information visit at eastcoastracers.net.

For immediate release. Please announce the following important airing on Discovery Channel

Action Sports Medicine Foundation

Christine Chmielewski

9802 Baymeadows Rd

Ste 12 PMB #183

Jacksonville, FL 32256

Phone 904-899-3366

For immediate release. Please announce the following important airing on Discovery Channel

The Action Sports Medicine Foundation will be featured on The Profile Series on the Discovery Channel on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 7:00am Eastern and Pacific Time.


The Profiles Series is an award winning television series dedicated to showcasing the most important issues of the day. They showcase everything from the latest business and technology stories to the revolutionary medical and health issues. They also profile the new and exciting environmental solutions to current educational breakthroughs. In addition, they profile important CEOs and leading corporations creating tremendous positive impact on the world today.

The Action Sports Medicine Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality and availability of on site sports medicine care to athletes participating in action sports. The foundation was formed in 2003, and is based out of Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Steve Augustine, Orthopedic Surgeon with the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute, founded it. Our desire is to become a quality resource for athletes who are looking to receive sports medicine services, and for the various health care workers who are looking to help provide these services. The primary sports that we serve are motocross, BMX, skateboarding, wakeboarding and surfing. Within this population, we will focus on the amateur athlete as well as the pro athletes. Our goal is to enhance the level of on site sports medical care at the grass roots level. In so doing, we can develop a healthier and better conditioned group of athletes, thus enabling them to maximize their capabilities in their chosen sports. Secondarily, we feel confident that we can raise the level of understanding of these sports within the medical community through research and education, thus enabling other health care practitioners to better deal with the needs of this unique group of athletes. We promote safety through the promotion of innovative products such as the Leatt brace and the Shock Doctor Eject system and mouth guards. The foundations team members cover numerous action sports events nationally and locally throughout the year including the Amateur National Motocross Series, the Alli Sports Dew Tour, the AMA Professional Motocross and Supercross Series and most recently the Alli Sports King of Wake Tour.

Please take the time to tune in for this unique presentation on the Action Sports Medicine Foundation. Thank you for your ongoing support of our cause.

Visit our website at www.asmfjax.com

In Remberance of Steve Maranville

The Action Sports Medicine Foundation would like to thank the family of the late Steve Maranville for their recent donation to the foundation.

Steve lost his battle with cancer a couple of years ago. He was an avid motorcycle rider and best friend to “the mouth” and ASMF supporter, Jon Vedas.

Thank you for your ongoing support!!

Dongo’s Blog

Welcome to another edition of Dongo’s blog. This is where I recap the latest in ASMF action. This weekend was another multiple event weekend. I, along with Samantha and our latest volunteer Ryan, were covering the last race of the very popular and exciting Florida Motocross Series at Thundercross in Okeechobee County while Christine, Dr. Augustine, and another new edition to ASMF, certified athletic trainer Jared, were at the King of Wake WWA Wakeboarding World Championship at the Orlando Watersports Complex.

The Florida Motocross Series ended at a great track, with great racing, and great people. The weather was a bit hot and humid with about a 20-minute rain shower in the mid-afternoon, which created some tricky, slick spots around the track. We saw a few injuries throughout the day: a collarbone fracture and a possible tib-fib fracture of the lower leg. Both will be out for a little while but should be able to ride again. Some notable wins included Brinsley Dyess in the girls class, Ian Chia with team Granja in the 125 B and 250 B class, and Quinton Bigalow in the 250 A and 4 stroke class. Scattered throughout the series we witnessed the awesomeness of some other notable heavy hitters, such the Loretta Lynn’s champ Adam Cianciarullo, as well as Derek Hall, and Ian Trettle. This is the second year ASMF has been able to attend all 13 races in this series and we are very fortunate to have been a part of it. It would not have been possible if not for the collective support and contributions from the series promoters, track owners, and motocross community in general. Hopefully ASMF will continue to be a part of it in years to come. The motocross community has seen a huge progression in all aspects of the sport, better bikes, more participants, fans and sponsors, and better safety and safety equipment. We in ASMF will continue to push for better care and safety equipment so that motocross will continue to progress in a positive direction.

I spoke with Dr. Augustine, who said the King of Wake was awesome. If you have never tried or seen wakeboarding before, you’re missing out. Just like motocross, wakeboarding is fun, exciting, technical, physically demanding, and of course dangerous…which is where we come in. The safety coverage at these events is pretty minimal. The safety personnel typically found at this type of event was is paramedic on a jet ski. This is obviously a great person to have, however it is not enough. Check out a wakeboarding wipeout video on youtube and see for yourself how gnarly some of these wipeouts can be. These athletes can suffer from concussions, fractures, dislocations, severe contusions, sprains, and strains. ASMF offers extended on site help. We assist in evaluating these various orthopedic injuries and offer ways to save a trip to the ER and possibly keep you riding safely where you wouldn’t have otherwise. Hopefully we will continue to cover the WWA wakeboarding events in the future.

Thanks for tuning in to another edition of Dongo’s blog. Until next time, train hard, have fun, and be safe. Peace!

- Dongo

ASMF to provide on-site medical care at the Rockstar WWA Wakeboard World Championships

ASMF is proud to announce that we will be providing on-site medical care the Rockstar WWA Wakeboard World Championships presented by Supra. The event is scheduled to take place august 27-30 at the Orlando Watersports Complex. The four day event features top wake athletes on the planet competing for world titles in 20 different divisions, separated by age and skill level.

The Orlando Watersports Complex is located at 8615 Florida Rock Road in Orlando, Florida, 32824.

For more information, visit www.allisports.com and click on King of Wake. Hope to see you there!!

Ride Day at Motocross of Marion County

Over 100 riders made their way to practice the ever popular Motocross of Marion County track for a special day of practice. The event included practice, a 50/50 raffle, and door prizes.

The Action Sports Medicine Foundation would like to thank all those who attended in helping raise over $1100 for ASMF.

ASMF would also like to thank Jon Vedas (the mouth) for his support of the foundation.

The greatest thanks have to go out to Carol Blackburn, along with James, Travis, and Lonnie for putting on the event. Without support from those people, ASMF would not be able to provide services to riders throughout the year. Motocross of Marion County once again proves to be one of the top tracks in the state and avid supporters of ASMF.

Thanks again to all who came out for a great day of riding!!!

Dongo’s Blog

Thanks for checking out yet another edition of Dongo’s blog. This is where I recap the latest ASMF news and weekend event coverage. While Christine was out in Portland working the Dew Action Sports tournament, Samantha and I were out at the Sunshine Motopark in St. Petersburg covering the 2nd to last race of the very exciting Florida Motocross Series.

It was the first time I had been out to the Sunshine track. It looked pretty cool. The track was groomed really well with smooth, medium-hard packed dirt, back and forth lanes, a couple fun looking rhythm sections and tabletops, and a few doubles thrown in. The first race of the day was probably the most exciting. It came down to a photo finish between two very fast 85cc riders. I don’t know who, it wasn’t AC, but it was pretty exciting none-the-less. Anyways, it was a good day. The weather was great all day; there were no major injuries except for a couple bruises and a jammed pinky. Until next time, have fun, train hard, and be safe.

-Dongo

THE ROAD 2 RECOVERY FOUNDATION KICKS OFF ITS NATIONAL RIDE DAY AT MOTOCROSS OF MARION COUNTY


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jenny Coombs
Road 2 Recovery Foundation
480-276-1131
info@road2recovery.com

THE ROAD 2 RECOVERY FOUNDATION KICKS OFF ITS NATIONAL RIDE DAY AT MOTOCROSS OF MARION COUNTY

Scottsdale, AZ Marion County in Reddick, Florida will be the first city to host the 3rd Annual Road 2 Recovery Ride Day on Saturday, August 22. This is a special open practice to benefit Road 2 Recovery & Action Sports Medicine Foundation. Everyone is welcome from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. No cards are required and the fees are a $5 gate fee and $25 to ride.

The event is being held to provide support for the ASMF/R2R Sports Medicine Unit. For track location and directions visit http://www.mxmarioncounty.com/.

The Road 2 Recovery Foundation is a 501-(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping the Supercross and Motocross athletes. One goal at the Road 2 Recovery would be to completely provide for a professional rider for the duration of their life if they are unable to generate revenue again. We can strive towards this goal with the help of everyone in the motocross community who is passionate about this sport. The Road 2 Recovery is out there to make our sport a better safer place. www.road2recovery.com

The Action Sports Medicine Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality and availability of sports medicine to athletes participating in action sports. The foundation was formed in 2003 by Dr. Steve Augustine, and is based out of the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute in Florida. Our desire is to become a quality resource for athletes who are looking to receive sports medicine on-site services, and for the various health care workers who are looking to help provide these services. The primary sports that we will be serving are motocross, BMX, skateboarding, wakeboarding and surfing. Within this population, we will focus on the amateur athlete. Our goal is to enhance the level of on-site sports medical care at the grass roots level. In doing so, we can enable the athletes to maximize their capabilities and participation in their chosen sports. Secondarily, we feel confident that we can raise the level of understanding of these sports within the medical community, thus enabling other health care practitioners to better deal with the needs of this unique group of athletes. www.asmfjax.com and www.joionline.net.

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Jenny Coombs

Road 2 Recovery Foundation

480.250.4446/480.276.1131

jenny@road2recovery.com

Road 2 Recovery Foundation

Danny’s Blog

Welcome to another edition of Dongo’s blog. This is where I recap the latest action from this past weekends events.

Saturday was our Day in the Dirt fundraiser held at Lake City Motocross Park. Despite the on-and-off rain showers throughout the day, we had a pretty good turnout, and it was a lot of fun. We served up lots of tasty burgers and hotdogs, generously donated by the Garritson family, the track was in great condition all day, and the dash for cash race was very exciting. All in all, it was a good day. We were able to raise some money for ASMF which will greatly contribute to the continuation and advancement of our foundation and for the action sports community. Thank you to all those who were in attendance, and to those who donated there time, money, and efforts to make this day a successful one.

On Sunday, ASMF was back to business covering the 11th of 13 races in the Florida Motocross Series held at Waldo Motocross Park. This series has been great all season long. The racing has been very exciting. We’ve had a chance to see riders from all over Florida and Georgia, as well as other parts of the country, come and make there mark in the amateur ranks. For a lot of these riders, this series has been a preparation for Ponca and Loretta Lynn’s national championships that are being held next week in Oklahoma and Tennessee. It’s ASMF’s third year covering these two events, but it will be my first, so I’m pretty excited. It’s the ultimate race at the amateur level. All major sponsors will be in attendance looking for the next Ricky Carmichael or James Stewart. The pressure is high and the competition is fierce at these two highly anticipated events. I can’t wait. It should be a lot of fun.

So, until then, train hard, have fun, and be safe.

- Danny

Danny’s Blog

Welcome to yet another edition of Dongo’s Blog. This is where I discuss the latest news and events from recent ASMF action.

This weekend’s action brought us to dual venues. We had myself and fellow ASMFer, Eddie Casillas, taking the RV to Dade City, FL for the 11th of 13 races of the famous Florida Motocross Series, and Christine Chmielewski to Dirtfarm for the 5th of 6 races of the equally exciting North Florida Cup Series. I can’t tell you much about what went on at Dirtfarm because I wasn’t there. All I know, from briefly speaking with Christine, is that there were 10 motos one of which was the fun to watch money class. The format this week for that race was a 15-minute moto plus 2 laps, a long time in the heat! I don’t know if there were any injuries that Christine had to deal with, but if there were, I can confidently say that they were in good hands. If Chris’s day was anything like the one myself and Eddie had at Dade City, then she had a great day. Dade City went very smoothly. We saw just one person with epitaxis. For the layperson, that means a bloody nose. After clearing him for any signs of concussion, we packed his nose and sent him on his way. We had no other issues after that, which was pretty rare. The track at Dade looked really nice, despite having been dumped on with rain for a week straight just a few days earlier. The whoops section got pretty rutted, but everything else looked pretty good…as far as I could tell from the pits anyways. I’m sure I would have probably been eatin’ dirt in every other section if I were out there, but I don’t really ride a whole lot…not yet anyway. Motor vehicles and me don’t really get along. The first time I went to Dade City I got the RV stuck in the quicksand that covered the pit area and we had to get a tractor to get it out. Luckily, this time, the rain washed away the loose sand that’s usually there and I got through ok.

As far as the race results go, I can’t tell you a whole lot. I do know that we got to see the young grease lightning, Adam Cianciarulo tear it up once again on the Kawasaki in the Jr. Minis. I’m not sure how many FLMX races he’s been to this year, but I know that he needs to compete in at least 10 out of the 13 races to qualify for awards. If you’d like to know results, then go to www.floridaseries.com. I think you can get them there.

Thank you for tuning in for another edition of Dongo’s blog, as well as for all of your ASMF support. Come join us next week for our ASMF Ride Day fundraiser at the new Lake City Motocross Park (www.lakecitymx.com). All proceeds go towards the continuation of ASMF’s coverage at various amateur action sporting events around Florida as well as around the nation. Until then, train hard, have fun, and be safe.

Come Out on July 18th to Support ASMF

Danny’s Blog

Welcome to yet another edition of Dongo’s Blog. This week ASMF was in Lake City for the 4th of 6 races in the North Florida Cup Series. For race results and track info, you can check out www.powersportz.com and/or www.lakecitymx.com.

This was my first time out at the new Jason Dodds’ owned and operated track in Lake City. I really liked it there. It is a really long and technical track, with a lot of table tops and a hard packed sand. I, myself, did not ride the track, but I spoke with some of the riders who said it is a really fun track.

There were 7 motos at this race on Sunday. Despite the small turnout, however, there was still some good racing going on. Kyle Edwards did pretty well for the day as did Austin Rue in the Jr. Minis.

This race was a great warm-up to the ASMF and LCMX “A Day in the Dirt” fundraiser scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 18th. Hope to see you there!

Join me next week for another exciting ASMF weekly recap. Next week we will be doing a dual coverage. I will be covering the FLMX series down in Dade City and Christine will be at the NFL Cup at Dirtfarm. Until then, train hard, have fun, and be safe.

- Danny Dongo, ATC/L

Come Support ASMF at “A Day in the Dirt”

Come out to Lake City Motosports Park on Saturday, July 18, 2009 from 8am until 4 pm for “A Day in the Dirt”. LCMX and Jason Dodds have teamed up with ASMF for this fun event.

The cost for practice is $20 per rider. We will have free hamburgers and hot dogs.

There will be opportunities to sign up for a parents versus kids pitbike race and a dash for cash. Raffles will be going on all day (your chance to win Tim Ferry’s MX gear) and much more.

For more information call Brad at 954-536-6650 .

Please come out and support the Action Sports Medicine Foundation at this fun event!

Danny’s Blog

Welcome to the second edition of Dongo’s blog. This is where I write about this past weekend’s ASMF news and events.

This weekend I was at the infamous North Florida Motocross Park in Hilliard, FL for the 10th annual Father’s Day Classic. The track looked great, the weather wasn’t too bad just a little hot, and the racing was good. There were about 100 riders out with 15 motos, including three father’s pit bike motos that were pretty hilarious. . We also had two other members of our crew, Samantha and Brad, over at Waldo Motocross Park covering a race out there I had fun, and it wasn’t really that long a day. I was done by 3:30. And luckily, there were some regulars there who I have become good friends with who came by to say hello and hang with me for a bit, the Wiggins family, Jeff Hines, Stewart Harper who won both his motos because he helped me set up the tent and had some good karma going for him, to name a few.

This week’s race wasn’t too bad as far as injuries go. I evaluated a rider’s knee that said he was “landed on” by another rider. Don’t you hate when that happens? From my evaluation, I determined it to be just a lateral contusion/strain to his ITB and hamstring tendon. All ligaments and cartilage appeared to be intact. Next, I saw a rider who had previously sprained his wrist. I taped it so that it would reduce the amount of strain and extension that was causing his pain. After that, everything was good for a while until we got towards the end of the day. We had a young quad rider go down pretty hard. When we (myself and the Liberty paramedics) got to him he was kind of crying and screaming. I don’t think there was any loss of consciousness, but he was very “out of it”. It took us a while to calm him down and make sure there were no other major issues to deal with like broken bones or spinal issues. You always have to clear a person for spinal issues before you take a helmet off, unless that person is unconscious in which case you just assume he’s got a spinal issue and treat it as such. He ended up having a pretty bad concussion, but after a few minutes he started to come out of his haze. He didn’t know what happened but he remembered where he was and what day it was. He also became very calm and said he felt fine; he just had a big headache. To be on the safe side, his parents decided to have the paramedics transport him to the ER so they could do a thorough evaluation and CAT scan to rule out brain hemorrhaging or anything else that may have been missed. I’m pretty sure he’ll check out ok and will live to ride another day. So, other than that, it was a pretty good day.

Join me next week when I’ll be discussing news and events from the River Rage, which is a watercraft event here in Jacksonville. This should be a lot of fun. I think beginning next week I’ll start to include some weekly photos to go along with my blog. Also, on Sunday I’ll be covering the 9th race out of 13 of the very exciting Florida Motocross Series held at Bithlo Motosports. Until then, train hard, be safe, and have fun.

-Danny Dongo, ATC/L - 6/22/09

Weekly Update on local ASMF coverage

Last week ASMF continued our involvement with the Florida Motocross Series at Motocross of Marion County in Reddick, Florida. It was the 8th of 13 total for the series and the 2nd one held at MX of Marion County. If you are looking for results, the best place to get all the updated points in at www.floridaseries.com. We do know how some people did, however. For instance, it was hard to ignore the fact that Adam Cianciarullo was present this weekend and rode extremely well in more than one class. We also know that St. Vincent’s own surgical tech, Diana Conner had herself a couple of wins this weekend…way to represent Diana.

It was a good, uneventful day for the ASMF crew. It was a very hot day for all, riders and spectators alike. As luck would have it, there were no major accidents or heat illnesses. The track looked really nice and excellently groomed, which helped keep the riders safe. We saw only a couple of people for minor injuries. We treated a sprained wrist by doing a thorough evaluation including an image on our fluoroscope in our mobile medical unit; a strained shoulder, which we determined through various orthopedic tests, was a 1st degree bicep/rotator cuff strain, and an ankle sprain. So all in all, a great day, which is better than I could say for one of the first races we covered early in the series. A rider actually had a cervical fracture. Through proper emergency care, however, we were able to stabilize the patient safely and get him to the hospital. Luckily, he did not have any permanent paralysis and he will expect to make a full recovery. So we really like the days where we can just enjoy the race and friendly atmosphere and not work too hard.

Well that concludes this weeks ASMF action. Join me next week for another thrilling recap of ASMF event coverage. Next week brings us to the infamous Father’s Day Classic held at North Florida Motocross Park and the North Florida Cup race at Waldo Motorsports. Thank you for checking in and supporting our cause. Take care, train hard, and be safe. See you at the races.

MX Sports endorses the Eject System by Shock Doctor

The following article was posted on Racer X last week.

For more information about the Eject system and availability, please contact Christine at christine.asmfjax@clearwire.net or 904-899-3366.

MINNEAPOLISShock Doctor, Inc.’s Eject Helmet Removal System, which provides emergency neck and spine protection after a motosport crash, is now endorsed by MX Sports for improving safety in amateur racing. The Eject System will be used at all regional qualifying and championship events for the AMA Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships, held at the legendary Loretta Lynn Ranch.

“MX Sports is excited to welcome Shock Doctor and the Eject System to the Loretta Lynn family,” said Tim Cotter, director of MX Sports. “This forward-thinking company will bring new ideas and innovations to our sport that will not only increase the enjoyment of the sport, but above all, the safety of our riders.”

The Eject System uses a tiny plastic bladder and inflation device, and is easily installed in any helmet. When the bladder is inflated and expands inside the helmet, it gradually pushes the helmet off of the racer’s head. This method is safer than the traditional manner of pulling the helmet off, which can increase the possibility of further injury by putting substantial strain on the neck and spine, even when the head and neck are stabilized. The Eject System is currently used by drivers and riders in major racing segments, and is required in the professional Indy Racing League, AMA Pro Motocross and Supercross.

“The Eject Helmet Removal System is a technology advancement that takes safety to the next level in motocross, much like the introduction of neck braces to the sport in recent years,” said Bill Best, vice president of product development for Shock Doctor. “Eject’s a safety innovation that helps EMTs better assist a crash victim and reduces the risk of further neck and spine injuries. It has proven itself at the professional level, and it’s important to provide the same safety benefits to all levels of amateur motocross. MX Sports’ endorsement of Eject use and their extensive regional qualifying program, will introduce Eject to riders and their families throughout the country.”

Attracting more than 25,000 racers from around the globe, the AMA Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships, produced by MX Sports, is recognized as the biggest amateur national motocross championship in the world.

“MX Sports highly encourages its riders to equip their helmet with Shock Doctor’s unique helmet removal device- the Eject Helmet Removal System,” said Cotter. “The emergency medical teams at all of the Regional’s and the Loretta Lynn National have been briefed and equipped with the Eject inflation devices in the unlikely event that a rider sustains an injury that requires the helmet to be removed, which can be done so with this revolutionary device.”

No helmet and no helmet accessory can protect competitors in all accidents. Competing on tracks is dangerous. More information is available at www.shockdoctor.com.

About Shock Doctor, Inc.
Shock Doctor is a global brand leader that uses innovative technology and design to provide superior protection and enhanced performance for people who are passionate about their sports. In addition to a full line of patented, technologically-advanced
mouthguards, Shock Doctor offers a comprehensive line of innovative performance protection products, including core protective gear for hockey, football, baseball, soccer, martial arts and boxing; lacrosse and motorsports equipment; and a full line of Power Dry™ Gear Bag Systems. Shock Doctor products are used by athletes at all levels of competition. The company is headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota. www.shockdoctor.com.

About MX Sports
MX Sports, Inc. is a Morgantown, West Virginia-based motocross production company. The group coordinates the Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, which includes a national qualifying program consisting of 52 Area Qualifying races held annually from February through May and 12 Regional Championship races conducted in June at select motocross facilities across the country. Less than five percent of the Area Qualifier entries actually qualify for the national championship event, held during the first week of August at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.

Hannah’s Ride- June 7, 2009

HANNAH’S RIDE

JUNE 7, 2009

MEET AT MURRAY’S GRILL

A1A—SR 200 IN YULEE, FL

KSU: 8:30 A.M.

ENDING AT THE DIRT FARM MX TRACK

IN ST. GEORGE/FOLKSTON, GA

$20.00 PER BIKE/$5.00 PASSENGER

50/50 RAFFLE

Hannah Sexton lost her life on March 15, 2009 while practicing on her dirt bike. She was 18 years old. This ride is to benefit the Action Sports Medicine Foundation (ASMF). ASMF gives free medical attention to MX riders that are hurt while riding on tracks in North Florida. They rely only on donations. All proceeds will be donated to the ASMF in Hannah’s name.

MOTOCROSS RACE WILL BE INCLUDED.

SPONSERED BY: THE DIRT FARM

HELPERS: SONS OF THUNDER (CMA)

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT: WAYNE AT 904-225-2333 OR

WAYNEANDELLEN@BELLSOUTH.NET

ASMF has been on the road!!

2009 marks an enterprising year for ASMF.

World Mini's

World Mini

Along with the many north Florida/south Georgia action sporting events we cover, ASMF is covering 8 amatuer national motocross events this year.

We have recently returned from Texas and Nevada, where we covered the Lake Whitney Spring Classic, Oak Hill GNC, and World Mini Grand Prix races.

Lake Whitney Spring Classic

Lake Whitney Spring Classic

Thank you to all the riders, parents, and promoters for their support of the foundation. We felt very welcome and appreciated!!

The next amateur national we are headed to will be Ponca City and then directly to Hurricane Mills for Loretta’s.

We cannot thank the Road 2 Recovery, Shock Doctor, and Leatt Brace enough. Because of their generous donations, we are able to provide an elevated level of care to riders at these events!! Thank you!!!

Oak Hill

Oak Hill

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A Night With the Supercross Stars

Action Sports Medicine Foundation

“A Night with the Supercross Stars”

Friday April 3, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida

Please come join The Action Sports Medicine Foundation crew for a great dinner and a chance to mingle with some of the best Supercross racers in the world at the First Annual “Night with the Supercross Stars” benefit dinner and silent auction presented by Leatt Brace, Shock Doctor and The Road 2 Recovery Foundation. This is an opportunity to get to know the host racers on a more personal level – ask a burning question or get a photograph with and autograph from one of these phenomenal athletes. This unique dining experience is hosted by The Action Sports Medicine Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for the on- site sports medicine program that it provides at numerous action sports events nationally throughout the year, most notably - the Amateur Motocross Nationals.

As a guest for the evening you will enjoy a casual dining experience with Ricky Carmichael, Tim Ferry, Andrew Short, Ivan Tedesco and others to be announced soon, bid on great silent auction items and the chance to win some great gifts that will be raffled off.

Through your participation, you will have the honor and privilege of providing support for all of the athletes and families that are touched by the on-site sports medicine services that ASMF provides free of charge. You will enjoy the prestige and good will associated with raising awareness and funds for the Action Sports Medicine Foundations much needed programs for the future. Please help support the program that supports the Supercross and Motocross athletes of tomorrow.

Registration Agreement for:

Action Sports Medicine Foundation

“A Night with the Supercross Stars”

presented by Leatt Brace, Shock Doctor and Road 2 Recovery Foundation

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Jacksonville, Florida at 6pm

Guest Level of Participation:

Silver level – dinner only:

[ ] Individual: $150

[ ] Table of eight: $1,100

Bronze level – includes for each guest: dinner, ticket to Jacksonville SX and swag bag

[ ] Individual: $250

[ ] Table of eight: $1,800

Platinum level – includes for each guest: dinner, ticket to Jacksonville SX, private suite access

and swag bag

[ ] Individual: $350

[ ] Table of eight: $2,500

*Only eight tickets at this level will be sold

Tickets must be purchased by March 31, 2009.

Total amount enclosed: $

Contact Name: _____________________________________________

Billing Address: _____________________________________________

__________________________________________________________

Email: ____________________________________________________

Phone: __________________________ Fax: _____________________

Signature: _______________________________ Date: _____________

Please mail form & check to:

Action Sports Medicine Foundation

4624 Gerber Court

Jacksonville, FL 32210

or

Contact:

Christine Chmielewski: (904) 899-3366 christine.asmfjax@clearwire.net

501c(3) Tax deductible ID # 57-1160023

Night events include: Dinner, Raffles, Silent Auction, Photograph session, Cash Bar

Use Goodsearch and support the Action Sports Medicine Foundation!!

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Just go to www.goodsearch.comand be sure to enter Action Sports Medicine Foundation as the charity you want to support. And be sure to spread the word!!! Thank you for your ongoing support!

Bikes and Boards for Kids

The Action Sports Medicine Foundation (ASMF) of Jacksonville is sponsoring the first Bikes and Boards for Kids donation drive with the help of many local skate parks, and skate and bike shops. ASMF is asking that people donate bikes and skateboards that they themselves or their children no longer need or use. The drive will last until December 17 to allow time for the bikes to be distributed before Christmas. All of the bikes and skateboards collected will be donated to the Children’s Home Society, which has about 800 kids within their system with ages ranging from infant to 17 years. Some of the children are in foster care, some are waiting to be adopted and some have been temporarily removed from their homes. ASMF ask that the bikes and skateboards be in good condition, as they will be given to the children as Christmas gifts. Action Sports Medicine Foundation was established in 2003 to provide medical care and promote safety for action sports so they are also asking for safety gear for the children as well. Of course, new boards, bikes and gear are also welcome. Donations may be dropped off at the any of the following locations:

Kona Skate Park – Arlington – 904-626-8770
Skatelab – Atlantic Beach – 904-249-2529
Lake Shore Bicycles – Blanding Blvd – 904-388-0612
Square One – Jax Beach – 904-241-7667
Skate Bomb – Jax Beach – 904-241-3337
Bicycles Etc. – Phillips Hway – 904-733-9030
Champion Cycling – Arlington – 904-724-4922
Jax Beach – 904-241-0900
Mandarin – 904-262-5744

Great Weather at the Mini O’s this Year

The team from the Action Sports Medicine Foundation was busy during the week of Thanksgiving this year. They evaluated over 150 injured riders. All the services provided (including x-rays, splinting, slings and crutches given out) were provided free of charge. Special thanks go out to sponsors such as Leatt brace, Road 2 Recovery, and new sponsor Shock Doctor.

The donations received from the athletes and their families are very much appreciated and will continue to help the program grow and expand. The team is now gearing up for the Winter AMs which begin the weekend after the Christmas holiday.

Sign up for National Ride Day

Just go to www.r2rrideday now, and set up your own home page. You can accept pledges and donations easily with this website!!! Check it out! See you at the track of your choice!

ASMF to cover Free Flow Tour in Orlando at MESH

ASMF will be covering the free flow tour at Orlando’s Mesh skate & bike park on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, 2008. Here are all the details:

The Free Flow Tour is coming to the park on Saturday August 30th (for skate) and Sunday August 31st (for bikes). The entry fee for each contest will be $20 and will include session time for the whole day. Doors will open at 11 am. We are hoping to get the contest rolling around 12 noon to 12:30 and we will run a jam format for both contests and all the rules and prizes are listed up on the official Free Flow Tour site.

There are 2 divisions for BIKE and 2 divisions for SKATE. The Junior division will be for contestants 12 and under and the SKATE OPEN division will be for 18 & under. the BIKE OPEN division will be for contestants 21 & under the winners of the OPEN divisions in BIKE and SKATE will go to the finals in Salt Lake City.

Entry fees for all divisions is $20. Avoid delays on the day of the contest by signing up in advance! Early registrations start on WEDS. AUG. 27th and you will also be able to sign up on the day of the event. it is highly recommended that you sign up in advance! call the park at 407.657.2002 for more info.

A valid Mesh Skatepark waiver and an additional waiver from the Free Flow Tour is required for every contestant. The Mesh Waiver and the Free Flow Tour Waiver are both available on the Free Flow website. For more info check the Free Flow site or call the park at 407.657.2002.

ASMF at Middleburg BMX - 8/08

Here is an excert from Middleburg BMX’s website:

A huge THANK YOU!!! to all who helped before, during and after the races. First, thank you to all those who helped to get the track ready for the race. (You know who you are. I don’t want to name names and leave anyone out.) Thanks to Channel 12 for sending out Eden Kendall and Josh to cover our event. (We even had a couple of phone calls on Saturday because of us being on the air!) Thanks to ASMF and the Clay County Fire Rescue for tending the bumps bruises and the one broken wrist. And finally thank you to the boy’s from my son’s Boy Scout Troop #404 who helped during the race. Finally, thanks to those from our track, JAX and other BMXer’s who helped during the race to keep the track, concession and most of all registration running to the best of our abilities.

National Ride Day

The event will be held nationwide. Each track will be participating during the month of September. Locate a track and participating date near you.

Each participant will register by building his or her own web site and setting a goal for their self. Friends and family will then be able to log on, search for their favorite rider and make a pledge in their name, either on a per lap basis or a flat amount for participating. The minimum pledge per lap is $1.00 and there is no minimum or maximum amount of laps a rider can complete. Each rider will be required to have a minimum of $25.00 in pledges in order to participate.

Each pre-entered rider will receive a Road 2 Recovery T-shirt & Wristband. Regionally, all participants are entered into a drawing for 2 Tickets with all day Pit Passes to a 2009 regional SX closest to their home.

Riders will be awarded product certificates based on the number of pledges received. Certificates will be mailed directly to each participate, once all the pledges have been collected.

Grand Prize top rider nationwide with $5,000 or more in pledges will be eligible to win their choice of a MX bike. We will be giving away 5 MX bikes, one each Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Yamaha. First place gets their choice of the 5 bikes; second place gets their choice of the 4 remaining bikes, and so on.

RIDE DAY Prize List

Total Pledges Received
Prize Certificate Awarded

$50.00 - $100.00
Spy Zone Goggles

$101.00 - $150.00
Aero Taper Bars

$151.00 - $200.00
Full Under Cover Roost Guard

$201.00 - $250.00
Folding Aluminum Bike Ramp

$251.00 - $300.00
Fly Lift Stand + 3/8 T-Handle

$301.00 - $350.00
Evolution Pants & Jersey

$351.00 - $400.00
Ogio 9900 Gear Bag

$401.00 - $450.00
Relic Carbon Fiber Helmet

$451.00 - $500.00
Leatt Club Brace

$501.00 - $600.00
Kicker iKick

$601.00 - $700.00
Fly Complete Gear Set*

$701.00 - $800.00
Refresher Bike Kit **

$801.00 - $900.00
Kicker Sound System

$901.00 - $1,000.00
Leo Vince Race Exhaust

$1,001.00 - $2,000.00
FMF Factory 4.1C Exhaust System

$2,001.00 - $3,000.00
Honda Generator EU2000i

$3,001.00 - $4,000.00
KLX/ DRZ BBR Frame Kit

$4,001.00 - $5,000.00
KLX 110 or DRZ 70

$5,001.00 - $6,000.00
Kawasaki Bayou 250

$6,001.00 - $7,000.00
Kawasaki Prairie 360 2-wheel

$7,001.00 - $8,000.00
Kawasaki Prairie 360 4-wheel

$8,001.00 - $9,000.00
Suzuki RMZ 250F

$9,001.00 - $10,000.00
Suzuki RMZ 450F

$10,001.00 & Above
Kawasaki Mule 600

For additional info contact Road 2 Recovery at 480 276-1131

50/50 Raffle at Loretta’s

ASMF sold hundreds of 50/50 raffle tickets at Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Motocross race and shared a $1742 pot! The lucky ticket was drawn on Wednesday night and Alex Marshall of Zionsville, Indiana was the winner! Alex took home $871 and ASMF benefited as well. Special thanks to Rodney Tomblin who officiated the auction and raffle ticket drawing for us!! Thank you to all who purchased tickets to support our ongoing effort!

5 Minutes With Dr. Steve Augustine

By Tim Crytser

Virtual Trainer: Steve, tell me a little about your background in Motocross and how you became involved the Asterisk Mobile Medic Unit.

Dr. Steve Augustine: Well, as a kid I grew up around motorcycles, my father made it a family affair. I am originally from the Ford City / Kittanning, PA area, where Broc Hepler is from. We used to ride there as kids with my mom and dad. Yes, that’s right my mom used to ride dirt bikes. What a women, she was a pioneer for the WMA. When I was young, we moved to Cleveland, but we would still go back to Kittanning to visit relatives and ride there. There are a lot of strip mines in that area, so we would go ride on them a lot. I have an older and younger brother, and we would pack a lunch and go to the strip mines to ride all day. My older brother started racing MX around age 13 (his first race was at Steel City) and I started racing MX as well back in Ohio when I was 9. Throughout high school I got more into traditional stick and ball sports and drifted away from MX a bit, but I never really stopped riding. When I was playing high school and college football, it was really looked down upon to ride a motorcycle during the season, especially if you got hurt. So that was a conflict for me. I didn’t let the coaches know and still rode my bike, but I didn’t race as much. I didn’t want to chance getting hurt and losing my scholarship. The workout you get from riding is unmatched, it was my form of cross training. Once I got out of college football, I got back into riding and started competing in the GNCC’s and the National Hare Scramble Series during medical school whenever my nose wasn’t stuck in a book. I never really was able to pursue racing the way I wanted to because of academic commitments. Medical school is a huge commitment and takes up a lot of time, and it’s not like you have spare time to travel, train and go race a lot. But, I did get to race a lot of local events wherever I was living during my medical training, so I was always around bikes one way or another. You make choices in life and mine was to pursue sports medicine surgery, fortunately, I have been able to combine both things I am passionate about into a career – motorcycles and sports medicine. I enjoy all types of riding from trails to MX. When I was in Denver for my internship I was able to ride a lot of the trail system in Colorado during off time. Once I moved from there to Philadelphia for my orthopedic surgery residency, I started doing the East Coast Enduro Association events and local MX stuff. One perk about traveling so much is that I’ve been fortunate enough to have met a lot of great people and ridden different tracks and trails across the country.

When I was in Philly doing my residency, I trained with the doctors that cared for the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers and the 76’ers. When I was spending time with these doctors, I saw the void that existed in professional MX and SX and I got to see how things were done on the professional side of sports medicine. Coming from that sports background as an athlete and a physician, when I would go to a MX race I noticed there were never any Doctors or Athletic Trainers there to provide on site care that was always present at other professional sports events and even at the high school level. From a Sports Medicine perspective, on site care is essential to the athletes at the event being able to participate with more confidence knowing that if they get hurt there is a competent medical staff available to maybe patch them up and get them back out participating. So from experience, I saw a void that existed. I decided that I wanted to develop some sort of Sports Medicine program for professional MX and SX athletes. At that time, I was visiting my younger brother in Arizona when Jimmy Button got hurt; I guess that was 2000. Well, when he got hurt I stopped by to see his father and see how Jimmy was doing. I was telling him about what I was trying to do and that I thought motorcycle racing and motorsports, specifically MX and SX, Enduros, and Hare Scrambles needed an onsite medical team. I ended up talking to Bobby Moore. He had been talking to Bob Walker after Jimmy’s accident and they were floating around this idea of Road 2 Recovery which is a foundation setup to help injured riders. At that time, there wasn’t really anything setup to help these guys if they did get seriously hurt. I proposed my idea to Bob and he thought it was a great idea and in lines with what Road 2 Recovery was trying to do for the sport so he thought I should start going to the races and pushing the idea.

About a year before that I had met with Jim Castillo from Innovation Sports the Cti knee brace company at a sports med meeting. I proposed the idea to him and at about the same time Dr. Bodner was out in California doing the same thing, he and Castillo got together and started the Supercross side of the program. At the same time Bobby Moore said lets get you to the Motocross races. So that year Bodnar through the support of Cti covered the SX races and I, with the support of Road 2 Recovery covered the outdoor Nationals. So that was the beginning. We would literally show up at the races with our medical bags and that was it. That was 2001. The next year Bodnar and I made the commitment that we were going to cover every single SX and MX race and create the program.

From there, Tom Carson from Asterisk really made it all gel together. The program took off and from there it has just grown every year. Initially, we added the original 5th wheel Asterisk Mobile Medical Center that we took to all the races to work out of. That really improved our ability to care for the athletes. Tom Carson really came through and helped with the organization and funding for our travel expenses. Then we added athletic trainer Eddie Casillas to the team, who has been a tremendous addition and also made sure we had a nurse at every event. By proving the programs worth, we now have a lot of industry support and have been able to move into a larger semi unit, and all the stuff that is necessary to put together an on site medical project like this. Having an x-ray machine available, I think is one of the biggest things that has made a difference in the level of care we can provide. For instance, if a racer hurts his wrist and isn’t sure if he has broken it or not, before he would either have to try and tough it out not knowing or go wait in the local hospital emergency room and probably miss the rest of the day. Now we can x-ray it at the track and determine if it is safe or not for him to continue to ride that day. Often times it may just be a sprain and he can continue on and tough it out that day knowing it is not broken. That alone is priceless and worth having the program. It takes a lot of money to do this and a lot of people from the sport have really come to the table like the OEM’s, Live Nation, and the AMA. The budget for an operation like this is very big. It is a great program and everyone in the sport benefits from it.

VT: So before you guys came on the scene, what level of care did the Professional riders get at a National?

Dr. Augustine: Basically the same type of care that you might get at a local race. A local ambulance crew, that, while they are trained in emergency situations, usually aren’t used to dealing with athletes or SX/MX for that matter. I don’t want to make light of their importance. The paramedics and EMS guys, they do a good job, but most of them are not used to dealing with athletes at this level. Sports medicine is a unique skill. In MXSX you are dealing mostly with musculoskeletal sports injuries that these guys just are not used to dealing with. One good thing that has happened with our program is that a lot of the EMS crews have improved as a result of us being there. It’s really a team effort. We couldn’t do it without them and we bring to the table the level of care and expertise that we can in terms of Sports Medicine. Prior to the Asterisk program the level of care that was provided was really poor. You would literally have the ambulance crew waiting in the ambulance until someone got hurt on the track and then they would respond. Thankfully, those days are gone and the crews that we work with now are really pretty good. We have improved the level of care tremendously.

VT: I’m not sure the general public understands just how important onsite medical care is. I mean, it not just about making sure these guys are ok, it’s also about how quickly you can get them back out there.

Dr. Augustine: It’s good for the sport all around. Good onsite medical care can mean the difference between a guy being able to compete immediately or missing races because he didn’t get proper medical care. We are able to evaluate and treat them and make decisions on weather it is safe to compete or not. That means a lot to the spectators as well. People pay good money to see their heroes out there competing and that is what we are trying to make sure happens. Not that the athlete is sitting in an ER waiting for an X-ray instead of riding the main. It’s our ultimate plan to have a medical team of not only Bodnar, Eddie and myself but a group of paramedics and well trained support staff that is consistent. In other words, instead of every time we go to a race and deal with inexperienced and different EMS crews from race to race we would have our medical team. Sometimes the EMS crews assigned to a race may have no interest what-so-ever in the sport and know nothing about the sport, might even be the first time they have ever seen a motorcycle race period. That makes it more difficult on us. Ideally what we would like to have in the future is a pool of say 20 well trained paramedics, familiar with motorsports medicine, that we can choose from so that we can have 6 of those 20 at each race. That would ensure consistency with protocols and ensure that we can all work as a team.

VT: The Asterisk Mobile Medic Unit was at the Motocross de Nations this year. What type of challenges did you guys come up against with that being an International event?

Dr. Augustine: Well, that event was a huge undertaking. Dr. Bodnar and Tom Carson really did a great job working with the FIM and planning that event. There are so many protocols and requirements to meet FIM standards from mandatory staffing of 3 crew members at 7 posts located around the track, certain amount of doctors and paramedics, certain amount of ambulances and on track vehicles (mules/quads/ambulances) to having to have white uniforms only. There is a ginormous amount of pre-event planning that goes into something like that, not only in terms of coordinating over 25 medical crew members but making sure there is enough medical equipment and that it is all functional. We are used to dealing with pre-event planning at regular races but it is easier because we typically over the years go back to the same locations and have our program down pat. At that event everything is under the FIM microscope. As far as it being an International event the language barrier was obviously a bit of a problem but not too bad. Luckily, Eddie speaks Spanish which came in handy. We transported at least 10 riders off the track on the mule, fortunately because of the Asterisk program we were able to avoid many transfers to the hospital, that without our program those athletes would have to have gone to the hospital for care and potentially missed the event. We were well prepared if anything more serious happened. We had the helicopter on call, and hospitals around the area were on call and had been contacted prior to the race weekend in case of something really serious. Motocross’ and Supercross’ events get the same level of care, but the planning for the MXDN was much more involved and started at least 6 months in advance.

VT: Do any other Countries offer similar services to professional riders like you all do?

Dr. Augustine: Not sure. I think the big difference with our program is probably in the fact that we have a consistent, experienced core team of people that attend the races year after year as well as the fact that we have such a great mobile medical center.

VT: So what the rest of the World saw at the MXDN as far as the medical care is concerned had to pretty impressed.

Dr. Augustine: Well, I think they had to be, our program is top notch and we work hard to make it that way.

VT: Let’s talk briefly about the football player, Kevin Everett who had a severe spinal cord injury in a game on September 12, and they gave him a cool saline solution to cool his body and prevent further injury to his spine. Is that a medical technology that could be applied to MX racing and do you think it will ever get to us?

Dr. Augustine: It is certainly something that would be beneficial to not only the management of an injured motocross athlete but to anyone with a spinal cord injury anywhere. To be able to institute that technique could potentially have a huge impact on the outcomes of people with spinal cord injuries. While it looks promising, there is still a lot of research that still needs to be done to prove it is truly beneficial. But, with that said, and I don’t want to be a pessimist, but it is going to take a lot of time and money to train front line people like paramedics on the technique because a procedure like that needs to be applied as soon as possible, those are the front line people who need to be familiar with it. It will take years to get something like that instituted to the level of when a treatment like that is available and commonplace to someone in, say a car accident. There is an educational process that is necessary for medical care givers across the country to be able to apply the technique that will take time to institute. If it proves to be valid, then it is something that is going to happen, but it will not be something that happens over night.

VT: It seems in the motocross industry when someone gets seriously hurt there is an instant cry for more safety, versus other sports where more research gets done on the treatment, like the case of the Kevin Everett.

Dr. Augustine: I don’t have any football data as to the number of spinal cord injuries they encounter versus motocross, but since the Asterisk Medic unit has been in place I have compiled injury data from all of the practices and races at the events that we have worked from 2001 to 2005. This is just at the MX and SX races and does not include practices during the week. So I looked at all the data we had and broke it down into body parts and the type of injuries we saw. And when you look at the data over those 139 events and look at each injury we saw, we saw that upper extremity injuries accounted for 32% of all injuries for example. That covers everything from clavicle fractures, to shoulder dislocations, wrist injuries, etc. I did the same thing for lower extremity injuries and then looked at the spine. And when you look at the data between those years, we had two spinal cord injuries that resulted in paralysis. Now, that doesn’t account for guys like Ernesto Fonseca who got hurt while practicing during the week. So in those 139 weekends of SX and MX racing, we only saw two catastrophic spinal cord injuries. That’s a lot of exposure with only two permanent spinal cord injuries being sustained. However, there were also 10 spinal fractures that did not result in paralysis. So when you look at it statistically, only 2% of all injuries we saw during that time period were spine related. And of those less than 20% resulted in permanent paralysis. So while it is certainly one of the worst injuries encountered , it certainly is not the most prevalent. And like I said I don’t have the data on the number of spinal cord injuries in the NFL, but I would imagine it is comparable to MX. The NFL has a lot of tangible money which is really the driving force behind innovative treatment research such as at the Miami Project. But there are some really good things happening in MX too, like the fund raiser that was just done in conjunction with Oakley where David Bailey and I believe Davey Coombs were there supporting stem cell research at UC Irvine. There is that, plus the Wings of Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation that was just announced at the MXDN. So there is some money being invested into research like this for MX. On the prevention side of things there is of course the Leatt brace. The areas of injury research need to be addressed equally, both prevention and treatment.

VT: So what is your opinion on the Leatt Brace? Is this a no-brainer piece of safety equipment that everyone should be wearing?

Dr. Augustine:
When you look at what is available out there; it is by far the best thing we have to offer in terms of potentially preventing spinal injuries, specifically of the cervical spine. It is probably the one biggest impact innovations to hit the MX industry in recent years. When you look at the research that Dr. Leatt has done, and I have talked with him at length about it several times, it is very thorough and complete. A few years ago he sent me a prototype brace and I evaluated it and reviewed the testing he had performed and think it is definitely valid and the product worthwhile. I think he has proven that it will reduce certain motions in the spine during crashes. It’s not going to prevent all injuries and they do not claim that it will prevent you from getting paralyzed but I do believe it has merit and I recommend it strongly. It is definitely a step in the right direction. I have studied his research and consider it a no-brainer to wear one. I wear one all the time now and I highly recommend other people to wear one. I really commend Dr. Leatt on the amount of time and effort he has put into the research and development of the brace. One other thing that I would like to say about the Leatt brace is in regard to clavicle fractures. It is my personal and medical opinion that the brace does not cause clavicle fractures. I think clavicle fractures are going to happen whether it is worn or not. The only real way to answer that question is to look at the data before and after people started using the brace. If the number of clavicle fractures increases then you can start to say that maybe the brace is responsible, but until then I don’t see how the brace can be increasing the risk of that type of fracture. The clavicle breaks simply because it is the weakest link. The helmet does not cause it, the Leatt brace does not cause it; it is simply too much force going through the arm.

VT: The last thing I want to touch on before I let you go is your involvement with the Virtual Trainer website. Believe it or not, the VT website is 100% voluntary on my part and I do it to help people out. I have tried my best to do much like you and Dr. Bodnar have done with the Asterisk Mobile Medic Unit and fill a void that I felt existed in good, credible training advice for MX. My main goal with the VT website is to be the place to go for all MX training related advice ad information. With that, contained within the VT website is an expert panel that is available 24-7 to answer any and all questions. We have Doctors like you, a nutritionist, a physical therapist, top trainers in the sport, and more. Talk a little about your experience as a panel member and how you have helped people who have emailed in.

Dr. Augustine:
I think that from a Doctors perspective, what you have done with the expert panel is huge. As far as value added you would have to ask the people who have written in and asked questions and how much they appreciate the service. But as a resource available to people out there, and its free, I think it’s great. For people to have someone to turn to within the sport when the Doctor or therapist that they are seeing may not be in tune with MX is of great value. To have a place to turn to and get your questions answered gives you a comfort zone that is very important in the treatment of an injury. Like just recently, two readers emailed in a question that both just happen to be about tibia/fibula fractures. One was a teenager who was having some nerve damage issues and the other was a 40 year old who had some questions regarding diet and nutrition and ways to keep the weight off while he was laid-up for the next three months. For those people to have a resource to go to, ask a question and then get a personal phone call from me to talk to them about their situation is invaluable. Not everyone gets a phone call, but I thought their injuries were serious enough to warrant talking to them directly. The young boy was having nerve issues related to the injury and I talked to his parents and confirmed what their Doctor was telling them. It’s the whole second opinion thing to get comfortable with a diagnosis and treatment and to get that from other people who get motocross is huge. Being able to go to a source like Virtual Trainer where people understand the sport is probably the biggest asset that the Expert Panel offers to viewers.

ASMF/R2R Motocross Team Concept

The current system for providing medical care at amateur motocross events is very limited. In most situations, the EMT’s and Paramedics that work the events have little to no knowledge of motocross and are extremely overwhelmed by the excitement, speed and intensity of the competition. They often have no experience with sports medicine injuries or how to care for them. The Action Sports Medicine Foundations President, Dr. Steve Augustine has over 20 years experience as an amateur motocross/haresramble/enduro racer. He has a strong sports medicine educational background and practices as an orthopedic specialist in sports medicine and arthroscopy for the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. Having developed the Asterisk Mobile Medical Program, the traveling on-site medical team for the Professional AMA Supercross and Motocross series, he knows what it takes to create, organize and manage a mobile medical unit and the team that staffs it. “The ASMF/R2R Motocross Sports Medicine Team” offers event promoters the opportunity to provide the highest quality pre-hospital care at the track as well as documentation and follow-up to insure each injured rider is receiving the proper care and follow-up. This program is a great way to show appreciation for the athletes and it also validates the event as a quality one.

Who is on the team?
The core team consists of an Orthopedic Surgeon and several Certified Athletic Trainers. Dr. Steve Augustine is the Program Director. Christine Chmielewski, is the Program Coordinator. Eddie Cassillas and Todd Furman who is also a strength and conditioning coach and physical therapist complete the core team. All have significant experience with action sports event coverage.

How does the team work?
Our team works together with local staff, EMT’s and Paramedics to evaluate and manage the need for emergency care and transfer to a hospital as well as provide onsite care of less serious injuries allowing racers to continue to participate rather than spending hours in an emergency room. We also document each case and follow-up with athletes, or if younger, with their parents after the event to determine how they are doing and evaluate the need for additional care. If an athlete is injured at your event, documentation would be available should any legal action be taken. Currently, we work out of tents and bring all necessary medical equipment in bags but will hopefully raise enough funds to purchase a mobile medical unit and X-ray machine in the future.

Where does the Team work?
We come to your event, so we are available to work anywhere. Our home office is located in Jacksonville, FL.

What types of events are covered?
The team was designed specifically to meet the needs of the action sports athlete at amateur motocross and supercross race events. For 2006, we are planning to provide service for Unlimited Sports Winter Olympics, Florida Gold Cup and Winter Am Series races. We will also cover all local events at PAX, Bostwick, North Florida MX and Waldo tracks. If our budget permits we will cover many more events to hopefully include FTR race series events throughout Florida and provide support at various MX schools. The ultimate goal is to cover the Amateur Motocross Nationals. We also cover many wake, skate, BMX and surf events throughout the year as the schedule and budget permits.

Why “The ASMF/R2R Motocross Sports Medicine Team”?
Simply put, we have the experience and necessary skills. Dr. Augustine is a pioneer in developing this type of sports medicine event coverage program. He was a major factor in developing and implementing the current medical team for the AMA professional Motocross and Supercross races. Caring for the motocross athlete is nothing new to him, or his team. He has been covering the AMA professional Motocross and Supercross races for 6 years and the other members of the Team have been covering motocross events locally and Nationally for 4 years. We provide top-quality care with well-trained and well-educated sports medicine practitioners that understand the sports and are personally interested and participate in them. We can include seminar packages to include fitness, nutrition, and sports related injury education along with our onsite emergency medical care management to make sure the participants are taken care of. Event promoters and organizations benefit from having better educated and conditioned athletes at their events which in turn reduces the risk of potential injury and provides better competition. Lastly, imagine the positive feedback you will receive from the athletes and families by having “The ASMF Motocross Sports Medicine Team” at these events because of your support, - to answer questions on fitness, nutrition, sports injuries and provide the highest quality of onsite pre-hospital care.

“The ASMF/R2R Motocross Sports Medicine Team” provides the following services to meet the needs of amateur and professional motocross athletes world wide; event coverage, fitness and nutrition consulting, sports conditioning, injury education, direct line to on-call orthopedic surgeon, direct line to Trauma helicopter, fast track service through the St. Vincent’s ER, physical therapy services and quick VIP follow-up appointments in our outpatient clinic. Please visit our web site for more information on all our programs at www.joionline.net., www.road2recovery.com and www.asmfjax.com.

What does the program cost?
The Program was developed to provide a service to athletes and event promoters without any emphasis on profit. There is never any charge to any athlete for the services provided! Unfortunately, as you can see in the budget to follow, it does require money to operate the program. The program is supported through donations to the Action Sports Medicine Foundation. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any clarification of expenses.

What type of exposure can I expect for my sponsorship dollar?
The average local motocross event gets about 250 participants with roughly 2, 000 spectators. The larger premier events attract roughly 500 racers and 10,000 spectators. All the events on the current schedule have these projected numbers of attendance. We also provide opportunities for exposure through our uniforms, trucks, trailers (on the highways), tents, banners, web page, print advertising as well as in several monthly motocross publications. The best part about contributing to the Program is the positive benefit you will have on young athletes’ lives and the opportunity for them to pursue their dreams with the support of a top-quality sports medicine team. The resources needed to make this team a successful program for amateur motocross events is listed in the budget to follow. I am devoted to this program and will continue to pursue my passion through the development of “The ASMF/R2R Motocross Sports Medicine Team” program. This is truly a revolutionary concept for the amateur motocross market, and we need your help to move forward.

ASMF treats over 300 at Mini O’s

During the 2007 Mini O’s the Action Sports Medicine Foundation treated over 300 riders during the Mini O’s. The ASMF provides a mobile sports medicine unit at amateur races and is supported by The Road 2 Recovery Foundation and sponsored by Leatt Brace. The ASMF Mobile Sports Medicine Unit provided on-site sports medicine services from taping and stretching to evaluation and medical treatment of injuries not requiring emergency room transport, including x-rays. Utilizing 3 physicians, 1 physicians assistant, and 5 certified athletic trainers, the unit brought a new level and understanding of the importance of safety and health issues by providing information to the athletes on things like Safety Equipment, Dehydration and Concussions, just to name a few. With riders having access to onsite care for injuries such as setting broken bones and suturing lacerations, the number of riders transported to the hospital was significantly reduced.

R2R and ASMF at Lorettas in 2007

The Road 2 Recovery teamed up with Dr. Steve Augustine and the Action Sports Medicine Foundation (ASMF) at Loretta Lynn’s this month where the Amateur Medical Mobile Unit was debuted. The medical unit provided on-site sports medicine services from taping and stretching to evaluation and medical treatment of injuries not requiring emergency room transport, similar to what the pros have at the races already. Utilizing 2 physicians, 1 physicians assistant, and 3 certified athletic trainers, the unit brought a new level and understanding of the importance of safety and health issues by providing information to the athletes on things like Safety Equipment, Dehydration and Concussions, just to name a few. The medical unit treated approximately 250 riders throughout the week long event. With riders having access to onsite care for injuries such as setting broken wrists, the number of riders transported to the hospital was significantly reduced.

The National Ride Day was created to raise funds to support the Amateur Medical Mobile Unit at all the top amateur nationals. The Road 2 Recovery National Ride Day is a one weekend event held across the nation, Sept 29th and 30th. This will be the first annual event and is being held at tracks in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, and Texas. Check the track listings to see which date the track of your choice will be participating. Each participant will register by building his or her own web site and setting a goal for their self. Friends and family will then be able to log on, search for their favorite rider and make a pledge in their name, either on a per lap basis or a flat amount for participating.

Each rider will be given a participants goodie bag and will be entered into a drawing for 2 Tickets with all day Pit Passes to a 2008 regional SX closest to their home. In addition each track will have prizes awarded with the top rider nationwide winning his/her choice of a MX bike. We will be giving away 5 MX bikes, one each Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Yamaha. First place gets their choice of the 5 bikes; second place gets their choice of the 4 remaining bikes, and so on.

Remember the sooner you sign up the more pledges you can get. We’re only a month away so don’t miss the chance to win a bike while helping to support the Amateur Medical Mobile Unit. We can’t do it without your help.

Jenny Coombs
Road 2 Recovery Foundation
480.250.4446/480.276.1131
jenny@road2recovery.com
Road 2 Recovery Foundation

Ride to Walk

Join us on Saturday, 6 October 2007 at 11 AM at the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for the first Ride to Walk motorcycle event to benefit both The Arthritis Foundation and Action Sports Medicine Foundation.

Registration begins that day at 9:00 AM. The ride will begin in Lot D of the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium then go out to Jacksonville Beach and back to the Stadium ending with a Post Ride Party of fun, food, music and auction. Both online and mail pre-registration ends 30 September 2007.

Want VIP treatment? VIP’s receive a t-shirt, VIP wristband, name recognition plus receive special up front placement in the parade line and in the food booth at the Post Ride Party!More VIP information is available on the Registration form.

Want to be a Sponsor of the Ride to Walk event? Great opportunities begin at a $250 level. Please contact The Arthritis Foundation for the levels of sponsorship.

The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

Your participation will allow us to continue our quality of life programs and services for the 300,000+ people in the Northeast Florida Region who live daily with some form of arthritis. On behalf of them, I thank You for your consideration of support.

For more information please contact: The Arthritis Foundation at 1-800-578-7183 or bmillion@arthritis.org

Competitive Edge MX Park Raises Donation for ASMF

Competitive Edge MX Park is proud to announce their support of the ASMF – Action Sports Medicine Foundation. CEMX held a charity ride day to support the ASMF on August 11, 2007. Proceeds from that practice day went to ASMF in the amount of $1,615.

“CEMX is proud to support the ASMF”, said Kristen Oehlhof, Track Manager of CEMX. “This non profit organization supports our sport in the amateur motocross ranks with free medical care, what better way to show how much we appreciate them!”

“The medical staff that makes up the ASMF deserves our thanks for their much needed efforts to keep our racing family together. It’s nice to have such support trackside for the future of our sport”, Oehlhof says.

Want to know more about Competitive Edge MX Park? Go to www.ridecemx.com.

ASMF Research in the Sports of Motocross

Dr. Steve Augustine’s recent research study has given the sport of Supercross a heavy dose of fitness legitimacy. Augustine is the founder of the Action Sports Medicine Foundation and is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine/arthroscopy with the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute in Florida. He is one of the main players on the Asterisk Medical team at AMA Supercross and Motocross races. During the 2006 Supercross season, Augustine and his research team managed to clarify and quantify the exercise intensity profile of our sports’ athletes with the use of heart-rate monitors.

What was the motivation to get you started on this project?
There were a few motivating factors. First, as a sports medicine physician who covers the races, I had a personal and professional interest in finding out how hard these athletes are performing physically during a Supercross event, just as is studied in other sports. I wanted to understand the science as to why it is such a physically demanding sport. To my knowledge no one has ever studied the exercise intensity of professional Supercross athletes under actual race conditions in the medical literature and I wanted to. I wanted to prove that it takes a high level of exercise intensity to participate in Supercross and that is exactly what I did.

Second, I wanted to destroy the general sports communities’ misconception that Supercross/Motocross is not really a physically demanding sport. . I was tired of trying to defend our sport as a highly physically demanding one as compared to other sports without having the proper ammunition. I wanted to give everyone the sound medical data to support that argument in our favor. Anyone that is involved with the sport or who has ever raced knows how physically demanding it is, yet the average sports fan still believes that the motorcycle does all the work. This wide spread opinion is definitely not the case, as you will see in the results. This type of medical research validates our sport on a physical level. It will give our sport the respect it deserves in terms of exercise intensity and fitness.

Finally, I wanted to start the research ball rolling so that more medical research can be performed and so that we can learn from it to improve the sport in terms of fitness and safety. So much more needs to be done. This is the information that everyone involved in this particular sport wanted. We now have scientific data that supports the fact that this is a physically demanding sport that involves high exercise intensity levels. It is the ammunition that everyone has always wanted to prove that Supercross racers are legitimate athletes.

Who were the subjects of the study?
The 20 athletes that participated in this study were all AMA professional Supercross racers some of which were ranked within the top 10 of their class (Supercross Class) point standings. 14 of the 20 racers were selected to be monitored at five different events (Daytona, Orlando, Indianapolis, Houston and Las Vegas). Of these 14, only 10 racers advanced to the main event on at least one occasion.

What is most impressive about the study?
We found that these athletes are performing at a high level of cardiac strain. Heart rate is an indicator used to describe the physiologic demands or exercise intensity of a physical event such as a Supercross race or any sports event. The average heart rate during the qualifying heat races (6 minutes) is 178.45 (range: 165-187), and the maximum heart rate average is 187.64(range: 174-195). The average heart rate for the 10 data collection periods during the main event (20 minutes) is 179.4 (range: 165-190). The maximum heart rate average is 188.3 (range: 174-196).

The average age predicted maximum heart rate was 194 (range: 192-197) for the athletes that participated. During the qualifying heat races and main events the average percent of maximum heart rate was 91.6% (range: 86-96%) and 92.2% (range: 86-98%) respectively. One important finding is that there was no real change in the heart rate average throughout the entire race. What we have shown is that Supercross events requires a high level of exercise intensity throughout the entire race.

Compared to other sports, where do supercross racers stack up?

To my knowledge, I don’t think there has ever been a study that has looked across the board at several different sports comparatively. To give you an idea of how Supercross athletes perform (average heart rate of 179 and 92% of heart rate maximum) compared to other athletes in different sports, here are some examples of average heart rates from other studies:

Elite soccer players during a match was 157 to 170
Division 1 college swimmers during a 200 yard freestyle was 167
Collegiate hockey players for a 40 second shift was 174
Elite 3000 meter runners was 171 to 185
Elite road cyclists for short time trials 150 to 162 (88 to 90% of heart rate maximum)

I would put them in the same category as any elite level athlete. When you look at these numbers, you can see that they are actually performing at levels higher than the data collected on world-class cyclists. You have to try and compare to other sports events that are similar in time frame (20 minutes as in a main event race) and performed at maximum effort over the entire event ( as in any supercross race - as it is full throttle the entire race).

How do trainers of professional supercross racers use this data to make their workouts more sport specific?
The knowledge of this competition data gives the trainer or athlete a starting point to design effective training programs using heart rates. They would use different training programs like interval training and cycling to accomplish their goals. This type of training would get the athlete in shape to the fitness level necessary to maintain heart rate levels similar to those experienced during actual race condition. For example, if a racer recorded his heart rate during training (cycling or on the track) so that it was kept above the average heart rate during a 20 minute main event and could sustain that rate for say 30 or 45 minutes (after working up to that time over a period of weeks) without fatiguing or laying down slower lap times they should theoretically be able to perform during a race with much less effort. This would decrease their chance of fatigue and or perceived exertion. This data can be used as a gauge to determine a racers fitness level as compared to the average professional Supercross racer to help guide the training program. It is a look at what the actual numbers really are under competitive race conditions not at the practice track, which are usually different. This information is important to know when setting targets and goals for training purposes.

From a legitimacy standpoint in the medical field, you have followed the correct steps to support your studies.
To start, you have to come up with a proposal that outlines what you want to accomplish in the study and present it to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to make sure it is legitimate and worthwhile. It is also an internal control entity that ensures that medical and scientific research studies that are being performed are following national guidelines that are set in order to maintain confidentiality and safety of the participants in the study.

After approval from the Institutional Review Board, consents were obtained on a total of 20 professional male Supercross racers. 14 racers were selected to be monitored at five different events. Of these 14, ten racers advanced to the main event on at least one occasion. During the races, heart rate (HR) was recorded every 5 seconds using a Polar HR monitor with an individually coded HR transmitter. After every race, the data was downloaded onto a laptop PC using infrared transmission and Polar’s HR monitor program.

Graphs were produced and the maximum HR (HR max) and average HR (HR avg) were determined for each racer during each individual race. Results were compiled to the average heart rates for qualifying heat races and main event races. Predicted HR max were also calculated using the formula: Age Predicted Max HR =220-age. The percent of maximum HR was determined using the formula: HR avg/Age Predicted Max HR X 100.

Once you perform the research, it’s up to you to present the findings in a written, printable form and submit it to different medical journals. It’s up to those various medical journals on whether or not they will print it. That is my next step with this project.

Because of the risk level involved, are the racers heart rates increased?
There is an “adrenaline factor” in every athletic event which increases your heart rate 2-5%, so you have to waive that. These Supercross athletes experience competition stress so their heart rates will go up a little regardless, but so will athletes competing in other sports.

When you look at these athletes, you can now say – without a doubt – there is a high level of exercise intensity in this sport. There is no doubt that these athletes put huge exercise intensity demands on their bodies compared to other sports. Hopefully, this is the ground breaking research that will only open the door into more investigation on how physically demanding the sport really is.

SX Heart Rate Study in the Works

ASMF Sports Medicine team, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Augustine, is performing a heart rate study on professional supercross racers. Dr. Augustine, along with residents David Gay, M.D., Ryan Riel, M.D., Jeff Keen, M.D., and athletic trainer Mike Evans, have taken data from various riders at the Indianapolis, Daytona and Orlando supercrosses. The purpose of the project is to accurately assess the heart rate response in a typical supercross event, and compare the results to other sports which require comparable levels of athleticism and fitness. Data collection is expected to be completed by the end of this supercross season, followed by a full report of the study’s findings.

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