This small consultation centre is there to deal with all the medical and health imponderables of the Rallye. The doctors have all the necessary equipment to quickly take care of the various competition-related accidents and pathologies of daily life. Most of the Gazelles visit the CBA Informatique medical tent for minor problems such as colds and gastro.
The team receives about 40 people every day, who also come to see the physiotherapists, such as Olivier Laplume, volunteer at the event for the 6th time. “We’re here for trauma, sprains and especially back problems, pains related to driving in the desert. It is a type of driving that is extremely physically demanding, between the dryness and the temperatures and also because of all the shocks the body is subjected to all day.” Every day Olivier manages cervical problems caused by the jolts of the 4×4 and the weight of the helmet, which they’re not used to wearing. “The idea is to provide relief and help them as much as we can so they can continue the competition the following day.”