Every week, Dr. Joe Congeni, the director of Sports Medicine at Akron Children's Hospital, discusses timely topics for a sports medicine segment on WAKR 1590 AM’s Ray Horner Morning Show.

NBA players battle it out for the win and chance to advance in series

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The NBA play-offs are like a battle of attrition. It’s almost like watching the NFL. Teams plagued by injuries are falling off one by one. Kyrie Irving is struggling with a mid-foot sprain, while LeBron is battling an ankle sprain. Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls is combatting knee issues and now just in the last game, we saw him holding his arm like he had a stinger or burner.

A look back at Cleveland’s rocky sports history plagued by injuries

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My recently released book, “Cleveland’s Bitter Pill: A diagnosis of injured title dreams and die-hard fans,” chronicles what I like to call a fraternity of misery. In our city’s quest for a championship, typically it’s been injury, illness and even death that have come between us and that fiercely coveted title. The book recounts 45 cases from the 1920s through the 2000s where our hopes have been derailed.

Love’s dislocated shoulder injury is season ending

It’s official. Kevin Love’s shoulder injury will take him out of the play-offs altogether. CAVs General Manager David Griffin announced this devastating news yesterday.

Love’s dislocated shoulder knocks him out of play-offs


Just before the second round of play-offs, the Cavs lose Kevin Love to a shoulder injury. It’s one of the worst things that could’ve happened to the Cavs and Cleveland fans. In a heated battle for the rebound, Love’s shoulder was dislocated. And when it pops out of the socket and doesn’t return, it’s a […]

Sport specialization debate: Are kids winning or losing by focusing on one sport year-round?

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A recent study published in Sports Health medical journal revealed negative consequences to sport specialization in youth. Though we’ve debated on this subject before, there’s now evidence to support young athletes should play multiple sports. In addition to the increased risk of overuse injuries and burnout, it also pointed to kids missing out on other […]

Tribe’s fate unclear after cluster of recent injuries

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 14: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians is helped off the field after being hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera of the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Progressive Field on April 14, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.   Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

It’s only April, a few weeks into the baseball season, and already we’re hearing from local media horrific phrases like “catastrophic to our baseball team” and “fatal blow to the Indians.” Yan Gomes has an MCL injury that will take him off the field for 6 to 8 weeks. Carlos Carrasco has a contusion to the jaw area after he took a line drive to the face. Michael Brantley is struggling with back spasms.