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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.

Concussions twice as likely in softball vs baseball players, study shows

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I learned from a recent study that girls who play fast pitch softball are at a higher risk of concussion than boys who play high school baseball. That same study also showed that softball pitchers also suffer fewer shoulder and elbow injuries than baseball players. You may be as surprised as I was to learn the reasons why.

Foot injury will likely knock Iowa State out of Final Four contention

Iowa State's Georges Niang's broken foot will take him out for the remainder of the season.

Iowa State basketball player George Niang recently suffered a fracture to his fifth metatarsal. Today I spent some time talking to Ray Horner about this injury and the likelihood that it may derail Iowa State’s hopes to advance to the Final Four.

Pro teams consulting with sports medicine physicians before signing athletes

Kyrie Irving drives the basket. Flickr/Erik Drost

Professional sports are a million dollar industry and teams need to take a hard and fast look at the health and long-term viability of their players.

Sports officials evaluate rules, safety when deciding if a game should continue

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Sports officials need to evaluate rules, athletes’ safety and use good judgment when deciding whether a game should continue.

Too much mental rest in concussion treatment may hinder recovery

Electroencephalography is one of the methods used to test brain function after a concussion

Rest has been the prescribed treatment for many children who have suffered a concussion, but new studies show too much rest isn’t good

Helmets don’t reduce the risk of concussion, but have other benefits

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Parents often ask me if there’s one type or brand of helmet on the market that I would recommend to help reduce their child’s risk of concussion. You may be surprised to learn that research shows helmet use doesn’t reduce the risk of concussion at all.