MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Northern Westchester Hospital announced that Victor Khabie, MD, Chief of Sports Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital and team physician for the Newburgh Free Academy football team, will be on the sidelines to help ensure the safety of the players during the New York State Championship football game on Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
In football, one can never underestimate the safety of players, so Khabie stands at the sidelines ready to administer immediate care if the need arises.
"Player safety must remain at the forefront of these highly competitive games," said Khabie. "Playing for the state championship requires each member of the team to compete at their fullest potential. In games like these young players can over-commit themselves, which in some cases can result in serious injuries. Being on the sideline enables me to provide care when it matters most and help ensure the safety of our players. I am proud to be associated with this accomplished team and wish the Newburgh Free Academy Football Team all the best in their quest for the state championship."
A panel of medical experts convened by the National Academy of Sciences analyzed a series of academic studies, with the most recent showing that college football players suffer concussions at a rate of 6.3 concussions per 10,000 "athletic exposures"—each exposure representing a practice or game. For high school football players, the comparable figure is 11.2 exposures.
Having a Sports Medicine physician on the sideline and at the ready to provide immediate care is more important now than ever before. Khabie received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and is fellowship trained in sports medicine.
He has served as assistant team physician to professional sports teams including the LA Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Mighty Ducks, LA Sparks and the USC Trojan football team.