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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.

FIFA under pressure to make soccer safer for all players

A new class-action suit filed against soccer's governing body seeks to eliminate the heading of the ball for players under the age of 14.

FIFA is being sued by parents in California. Only in this lawsuit, it’s not about monetary damages; they are seeking rule changes in the game of soccer to make it safer.

ACL surgeries: A blessing or a curse?

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the entire 2014 season.

ACL surgery has come a long way and is now getting players back on the field faster. But are they returning too soon? I think for many players, yes.

What a labral tear means for Braxton Miller and his future

Braxton Miller in action against Michigan in 2013. Photo: Wikipedia

On the heels of Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller’s devastating news, I want to clear up any confusion about labral tears or glenoid labrum shoulder injuries. Depending on the injury’s severity, some athletes can play through it. Unfortunately that’s not the case for Miller. He’s out for the rest of this year.

The overlap between chronic injuries and declining athletic performance

Is Tiger Woods facing chronic injuries? CC Flickr/keithallison

Is it a chronic injury or simply diminishing skills that have gotten the better of Nick Swisher and Tiger Woods lately? It’s difficult to say for sure, but there’s definitely an overlap between the 2.

Muscle cramps may be sign of blood clots High-intensity training can lead to blood clots in younger athletes

The Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston has been dealing with blood clots in his lungs.

It’s that time of year again for high-intensity training and long practices on the field. With that comes dehydration and the dreaded muscle cramps. But beware, it’s not always muscle cramps from fatigue, heat and humidity. In recent years, we’ve heard about several cases of blood clots, even in young athletes.

Don’t let heat stroke come into play

CC Flickr / Bruce Stockwell

Heat stroke is no joke. It’s a rare, yet life-threatening condition that is preventable. With pre-season football’s high-intensity, 3-a-day practices starting next week, I wanted to get down to the facts about heat illness.