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.

New rules eliminate heading the ball for young players

The U.S. Soccer Federation recently issued new guidelines to limit heading the ball in young soccer players to help reduce head injuries. The rules state children aged 10 and under will no longer be allowed to head the ball in practices or games, while players age 11 to 13 will only be allowed to do […]

AAP releases new safety recommendations for youth football

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued new tackling guidelines last week to improve the safety of all youth football players on the field. The recommendations were compiled after an AAP committee reviewed 114 research studies.

What does LeBron’s recent anti-inflammatory injection mean?

With LeBron’s nagging back problems — he sat out last January and will likely miss the rest of the preseason games this year — many people are asking me if we should be concerned about his injury.

Why do concussions continue to be a hot topic?

Concussions continue to be a major topic not only in professional sports, but also now in the college and high school ranks. So, why are we focusing so much on concussion?

There’s now evidence to show that concussions can sometimes cause irreversible changes to the brain. So what was once thought of as a minor, short-term injury has become a much bigger deal due to concussion’s long-term effects.

Controversial debate: When should soccer players begin to head the ball?

New research came out recently that’s stirring the pot as to when kids should start heading the ball in soccer. The fierce debate has cut the medical field right down the middle.

Concussion diagnosis still not foolproof

With the recent news of Browns’ quarterback Josh McCown suffering a concussion in the season-opener against the New York Jets, I wanted to discuss the difficulty in diagnosing concussions. It’s especially a challenge in the college and high school settings where staffs and budgets are significantly smaller.