Doc Bodnar and I also organize local emergency medical services crews who are on scene to provide care and transport patients who require a higher level of care to the ED, if necessary. Between events, we provide post-concussion monitoring for the riders, helping guide them back safely to racing status. Additionally, we contribute to safety instruction for racers and provide constant feedback to racing equipment manufacturers that helps with innovation efforts. We’ve really become ingrained in the culture of professional motocross racing and have earned the respect of the riders, teams, and sanctioning bodies. It really helps to speak the language of medicine and motocross.
Why do we do it? Well, our skills set makes us uniquely qualified to coordinate the mission of the AMMC, and we enjoy the family environment of the teams. However, like all emergency physicians, we are adrenaline junkies and just love the sport. Once the love of riding gets in your blood, it’s hard to get it out. This allows us to fuse our love of medicine and motorcycles … plus, we’re terrible at golf.
Dr. Kennedye is a physician at St. Francis Hospital/EMP of Tulsa and serves on the Oklahoma Chapter ACEP Board and as an ACEP Councillor. He recently survived his first Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.