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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.

Childhood infection rears its ugly head in the NHL

Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild is one of the NHL hockey players out with mumps.

I was shocked to see that the NHL is battling an outbreak of mumps — yes, the mumps. It’s a disease from my generation’s childhood that we in the medical community thought was kaput. Not so. It has affected a handful of teams, taking players completely off the ice for up to a week.

Tragic news of Buckeye’s Karageorge brings about much discussion on concussion aftereffects

Kosta Karageorge was a defensive tackle.

On the heels of the recent tragic news regarding the Buckeye’s Kosta Karageorge, who took his own life over the weekend, I had the chance to visit in studio WAKR morning show host Ray Horner to discuss concussions and their aftereffects.

Understanding the mechanics of Tashaun Gipson’s recent knee injury

Tashaun Gipson is carted off the field after his knee injury.

After watching Cleveland Browns’ Tashaun Gipson take a hard blow to the knee in Sunday’s game, I wanted to discuss how slight differences in mechanics can cause major differences in outcomes.

Many times, the most significant knee injuries occur when a player’s foot is planted on the ground. That’s a classic case for torn ACLs.

Can toe injuries really sideline players?

turf-toe

Turf toe and Lisfranc fractures, a similar injury, are a big deal. Because athletes put so much pressure on the ball of their foot, when that joint wears out and there’s no stability, players can’t push off, sprint or change direction. And without these moves, they aren’t gonna play.

FDA investigates for overuse and abuse of painkillers in the NFL

NFL player

FDA officials spent the weekend in NFL locker rooms investigating several teams regarding the abuse of painkillers in the league. In May, a lawsuit was filed by 1,200 NFL players depicting a disturbing cycle of narcotic cocktails being handed out like candy before and after games to encourage play.

Athletes chant “hip, hip hooray” for the latest in hip surgery

Hip Arthroscopy

There’s a hot new trend in hip surgery called hip arthroscopy that’s helping athletes avoid hip replacements later in life. And the good news is it’s a relatively simple surgery, so the complications and recovery time are minimal.