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.

Concussions didn’t cause deaths of high school football players


It was a tragic week in high school football nationally: 3 deaths in 4 days. The causes were due to brain bleeds, not concussions. Concussions don’t cause bleeding or swelling in the brain. While it’s a scary situation, it’s important to understand the facts.

Preliminary results show positive effects from the ongoing concussion debate

Shane Morris (left) apparently suffered a concussion during a game against Minnesota.  Michigan football's decision to continue playing Morris may lead to a Congressional investigation.

I’d like to think sport officials, physicians and organizations alike have done a good job collectively in heightening awareness around concussions. Even when there are setbacks like in this past weekend’s Michigan game, where a player took a vicious hit and was stumbling around, yet remained in the game for another play or 2.

Hip dislocation could cause major complications for Baltimore Ravens Dennis Pitta

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is taken off the field on the "meat wagon" after injuring his hip.

In last Sunday’s Browns game, Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta took what appeared to be a minor tumble after catching a screen pass in the backfield. But when the “meat wagon” came out on the field, I knew it was something more serious like a hip dislocation.

Rib injuries can be tricky to diagnose, take time to heal


In high-intensity, contact sports like hockey and football, rib injuries can be a common occurrence. Thankfully, Cleveland Browns players have skirted these injuries in recent years, but rookie receiver Sammy Watkins of the Buffalo Bills suffered through one in mid August.

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.