Steelers Team Physician Dr. Joseph Maroon Under Scrutiny After Testing Riddell Helmets

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Joseph Maroon, MD, a neurosurgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is under scrutiny for his research into football helmets that are designed to decrease the chance of concussions, according to a Beyond Chron report.

Riddell, a long-time supplier of NFL helmets, has been working on a new helmet design that the company claims to decrease concussions by 31 percent. Dr. Maroon co-authored a paper commissioned by Riddell and suggested that the helmets undergo further testing. He told the New York Times that Riddell advertising overreached his results, according to the report.

Dr. Maroon is a member of the NFL's concussion policy committee, which has recently been criticized by the House Judiciary Committee for inadequate research and ethics related to player concussions. He has also helped develop the ImPACT concussion management testing.

Read the full coverage from the Beyond Chron report on Dr. Joseph Maroon.

Read more about concussions:

- NFL, NATA Join to Promote Concussion Awareness Legislation

- New Jersey Law Will Require Concussion Education, Physician Notes for Student Athletes

- Most Sports-Related Concussions Occur in Head-to-Head Collisions

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