Dr. Joe Congeni, director of Akron Children's Sports Medicine program, has been a “go to” source for national and local media looking for information about pediatric sports medicine. He's even been a featured guest on the Today Show to discuss concussions in high school athletes. Every week, he creates his own topic ideas for a segment on WAKR 1590 AM’s Ray Horner Morning Show. He has done extensive research on backpack injuries, steroid use, stress fractures and repetitive stress injuries.

About Dr. Joe Congeni - Director of Sports Medicine

Dr. Joe Congeni is the Director, Sports Medicine; Clinical Co-Director, Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Akron Children's Hospital. For the past 25 years, Dr. Congeni has been the “go to” source for national and local media looking for information about pediatric sports medicine.

How to wrestle rashes and infections on and off the mat

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With indoor sports at the peak of season, especially wrestling, common rashes and infections are abundant this time of year. The ones we see time and time again are ringworm, herpes and bacterial infections, such as impetigo and MRSA. Though they’re fairly easy to treat — many with oral antibiotics — they are highly contagious […]

Sprain vs. Strain: Is there a major difference?

Football player getting his ankle taped after an injury. (Wikipedia/Creative Commons)

Believe it or not, there are major differences between a sprain and a strain. Both injuries have varying degrees, from grade 1 to the most severe grade 3, but a strain includes the muscle and tendon, whereas a sprain involves the ligament.

Are LeBron’s health complaints a cause for concern?

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LeBron is definitely suffering from wear and tear, but he’s a different player than he was 4 years ago; he’s a smarter player now. He’s taking away the minutes now to save them for play-off season. With clean MRIs, I don’t think there’s anything ominous to worry about in the future.

Are most sports-related injuries caused by repetition?


Overuse injuries are a big part of sports medicine. In fact, 70 percent of the injuries we treat in our office are overuse or overload injuries, with the other 30 percent being trauma injuries.

Frigid temps call for exercising indoors


When the mercury hovers around zero, it’s best to take your exercise routine indoors. The amount of time until frostbite sets in is very short due to these cold temperatures and blistering windchills.

Frostbite starts out with numbness in the body’s extremities and can lead to discoloration due to decreased blood flow to those areas.

Understanding the 5 stages of concussion protocol

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Mike Miller was placed on the NBA's concussion protocol. He was started having concussion-like symptoms after being unintentionally  struck in the head during a game.

Many people confuse the concussion protocol’s 5 stages with 5 days. And that’s just not the case. It varies by player and the severity of his concussion, as well as the number of concussions he’s experienced. It could take anywhere from a week to a couple of months for an athlete to advance through all 5 stages and get back on the field.