January 23, 2015 – Neurosurgeon and concussion expert Dr Joseph Maroon presented testimony to the members of the NY City Council on a proposed rule on side medical coverage for organized youth football in the city. A new bill had been proposed by Council that would require placing doctors on the sidelines at youth games and practices to help prevent and treat concussions. Dr. Maroon proposes new technology that would allow a virtual physician to attend the game in the event of a concussion. This could offer a solution to the enormous cost that would be required to hire a physician to actually be present at all youth football practices and games as has been proposed. See Website to CBS New York – HERE
Dr. Joseph Maroon is a neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He testified at the hearing in support of the bill, offering technology that would allow a virtual doctor on the sidelines. “You have an iPad where you can literally … the doctor can see the patient, can see the athlete and with a trainer, even a parent, examine and question and evaluate the patient,” Maroon said.